Pest Control has changed over the years but one of the most environmentally responsible things that came out of these changes is the implementation of IPM. According to the EPA, 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 damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural 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. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

So basically what this is saying is rather than preventatively spraying insecticides, methods of inspection such as insect monitors and physical barriers are used to keep out unwanted guests.  You can also take action to change the environment by adding a dehumidifier or changing lighting to not make your home as attractive to insect populations. This method can be applied to weed control as well. Instead of spraying for weeds they are physically removed by plucking them out and barriers help stop weed growth. Organic insecticides can also be used instead of the traditional insect sprays. Not all insects require control. In fact there are many beneficial insects such as honeybees that need protection from insecticides.

Pest control is changing all the time and the goal is to keep pests in their place using as little chemical as possible. For more information contact our office at 1-800-649-9992.

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