What is Integrated Pest Management?
Updated: Sep 22, 2021
At Rome City Pest Control, we know we can make pest control and management look pretty easy ;) But, behind the scenes, there is an intensive, individualized process that we are going through to keep your home and business protected all year.
In the industry, we call this process the Integrated Pest Management program (IPM for short). IPM is the basic principle for controlling the pest population around a designated area. These principles help us make the best decision in creating a successful plan that will get rid of the pests, while also maintaining a safe environment for our customers.
The key practices for any IPM program are simple steps that lay the blueprint for a long-term strategy. With any strategy, the most important step is knowing where to start! So, of course, the first thing we do is identify the pest!
Key Practices of an IPM
Identify the pest! Each pest has its own needs and behaviors. Knowing which pest we are targeting helps us understand the treatment that will work best.
Sanitation, Pest-Proofing, and Exclusion. One of the best ways to cut down any pest population is to eliminate the resources that pests need to survive. Food, water, and harborage (a comfy place to hide out) can help pests thrive in a home or business. Reducing these physical resources can make an area less appealing. Our professional pest control technicians can help you isolate any problem areas and make appropriate changes.
Recordkeeping. In other words...we take lots and lots of notes! We keep records of the products used, issues that have come up during and in between treatments, the services we performed, and so much more. This helps us monitor progress, but also helps us learn more about the specific needs of each situation.
Low-Risk Pesticides. Pesticides come in many forms. Gels, blocks, sprays, and granules, just to name a few. We make sure that the chemicals we use are tough on pests but safe for your home and family (and pets and plants!)
Communication. Communication is the most important step to any IPM. Not only do we communicate our findings and services with the customer, but we rely on the customer to communicate and report any pest sightings to us! By working together we can build a great defense to shield your home and business.