Tri-County Pest Control Q&A: Integrated Pest Management
You may have (or not) heard of the term ‘Integrated Pest Management” – either in your research for a quality pest control company such as Tri-County, or in knowing the official job title of our techs.
What exactly is Integrated Pest Management, or IPM? Today, we explore the answers in our latest Tri-County Q&A session:
Q. What does Integrated Pest Management mean?
A. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 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 damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Q. How does Tri-County take an ‘environmentally sensitive’ approach to pest control?
A. Along with monitoring, record keeping, and mechanical alterations, low impact pesticides are a cornerstone of IPM. Low impact pesticides primarily fall into two categories. First are minimum risk products –these are products in which the active ingredient is harmless or almost harmless to humans and non-target animals. An example of this would be a pheromone trap, which uses an insect’s sex hormone as a lure. Second are pesticides which are formulated in such a way as to greatly reduce the risk of exposure to humans. An example of this would be a ant gel bait that is applied deep into cracks and crevices that children or pets cannot access.
We hope we answered some of your questions and concerns about IPM. We invite you to check back regularly for our next Tri-County Q&A feature!