The Pest Management industry has seen many changes and improvements. While there are still companies using the same old methods of broadcast spraying poison and hoping the insects will come in contact with enough to kill them. Quest Environmental Services takes a Integrated Pest Management approach.
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) ?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
The IPM approach can be applied to settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.
How do IPM programs work?
IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management services, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM a four-tiered approach is used. The four steps include:
Communication between the customer and the technician is the heart of an effective IPM program. An informed partnership in pest control consists of:
a) An ongoing exchange of information about possible infestation areas.
b) Conveying related health or sanitation issues to the customer.
c) The customer communicating any pest sighting to the technician.
2) Monitor and Identify Pests
IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the indoor space, garden or yard to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In a home or business this may mean using cultural methods, such as addressing sanitation practices or exclusion methods, such as caulking entry points. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring and identification indicate that pest management is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as placement of baits, pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as exclusion or trapping. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.
Because of the health and economic risks associated with pests, Quest Environmental Service believes in zero tolerance. This means that the presence of even one insect or rodent in your home or business represents a problem. In the past 30 years we have treated, homes, restaurants, hotels, offices, food processing plants, hospitals, ships, trains, planes, and a zoo. In all instances pest infestations were eliminated and preventative controls were successful with minimum environmental impact.