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Posted by Freddie on February 3, 2018

Integrated Pest Management

What is it, and why is it so important?


Integrated Pest Management, or *IPM is the process of eliminating or reducing pests with a non-chemical or chemical as a last resort approach in the pest management field. The process starts with a thorough inspection to reveal conditions conducive to pest harborage. The goal with IPM is to find an eco-friendly resolve which focuses on the removal of food and water sources as well as other aspects and conditions which allow the pest to thrive, and to do so with minimal hazard to people and the environment. After carful examination, the Pest Management Professional puts together a plan of action to be followed which takes cooperation from all parties involved. During an IPM Program some of the responsibilities involved will be for the home/business owner to remove brush, cut back tree limbs, remove water containers, store food in air-tight containers, keep firewood away from and out of the home just to name a few. As the conditions possible for the pests to thrive are removed the population decrease as they die off or find another place to live. While the IPM Program may take a bit longer to achieve control, and often just population reduction, the benefits are numerable. With no or little chemical being used the hazardous impact on humans and environment via pest control drops significantly.

Not everyone is a good candidate for a full eco-friendly IPM Program, as a level of pests may still remain and your tolerance threshold may be tested. For instance, if you can deal with a couple of rodents here or there in your basement or garage but not in your living areas, this program will work for you. On the other hand, if your threshold is a single ant before you feel you need to go out and buy a “bomb”, then you may need a different program.

Guardian Pest Control has been implementing IPM Programs for years and will continue to do so. Whether we do a full eco-friendly IPM Program, or a more chemically aggressive program, all our technicians are trained to treat each service with an IPM approach. Giving recommendations to customers is important, the customer following them is equally if not more important. There are so many DIY “remedies” out there for pest control most of which are garbage, the good ones take time, money, and effort. The biggest problem is there are certain things the lay person does not understand about control and about techniques used in the industry. This is a job best left to the professionals there is a reason there is training, and state certification involved. When dealing with hazardous chemicals and hazardous pests you should absolutely be trained and equipped with the knowledge and ability to resolve the issue.  Guardian Pest Control has been doing this for 20+ years and will continue to do so for years to come.

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*Link is to the EPA website with an overview on IPM

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