Integrated pest management (IPM) is a proven, cost-effective strategy to combat pest problems without unnecessary pesticide use. By correcting the conditions that lead to pest problems and using approved pesticides only when necessary, IPM provides more effective pest control while reducing pesticide use.
Spray-intensive pest control approaches may make pests go away, but all too often they return. IPM emphasizes long-term, preventive strategies to combat pests. Actions such as improving sanitation practices, addressing structural concerns such as installing door sweeps to keep out mice or insects, and fixing leaking plumbing to remove access to water can all reduce the number of pests and prevent pests from coming back. Knowledgeable professionals thoroughly inspect your property and carefully monitor for pests.
The Integrated Pest Management(IPM) Philosophy-
This is the first cornerstone of a profession pest control technician. Sharing our knowledge with you is a major key to our success. Knowledgeable clients become a key part of the IPM process and and enable a stronger partnership.
The technician must know the “signs” of and the conditions that are conductive for pest harborage. This will help us identify the key factors which will directly influence all phases of the pest management program. A thorough inspection will help us to determine how we will eliminate any pest and preventative / proactive measures that we will take on a maintenance program.
The focus will be to analyze any structural deficiencies that will be conducive to inviting pest inside and infesting your crititcal environment. A few items that are critiqued by Steri-Clean Pest Control are, heat, light, odors, landscape design, trash locations, holes and voids inside the wall. These are just a few of many items that are address with our services.
This will be cornerstone in keeping pest away from your facility. Habit modification or cleaning, is a must for both inside and outside your facility. Eliminating food and water stresses the pests by taking away of 2/3 key items they need to survive (food, water, harborage)
Documentation should include all information related to the work accomplished. Utilizing a log book as an on-site resource for services provided, pest noticed, structural / sanitation concerns and pest sighting reports. These documents will be communicated to the client and will help to get a trend of pest history to eliminate any ingestions as well as providing preventive measures going forward.
This is the process of evaluating how well the IPM process as well as the technician is performing on-site. Most importantly, it is our way to ensure our client is happy with the pest control services and that we are exceeding your expectations.
This process should be properly selected and applied with the proper
equipment at the right time and in the correct matter. Chemical treatments
should not be the first line of defense and will be used as the last method to
control pest at your facility. When utilizing chemical treatments we will
chose botanical or least toxic chemicals for control.
95% reduction in cockroach infestation and allergen contamination in low-income housing after initiation of IPM services 1
93% reduction in pesticide use in federal government buildings by using IPM techniques over 10 years 2
89% reduction in pest complaints and service requests in the same study
50% reduction in roach populations documented by an IPM intervention in a public housing facility, versus no significant reduction in a control group over six months 3
30% decrease in public building and grounds pest management costs when one city switched to IPM in 1996 4
1. Environmental Health Watch’s Collaboration with Cuyahogo Housing Authority Demonstrates the Difference Integrated Pest Management Can Make. IPM Case Study. EPA. www.ehw.org/Asthma/ASTH_ HUDRoach_Sum.htm.
2. Green A., Breisch N. L 2002. J Econ. Entomol. 95:1. 1-13
3. Brenner B.L, Markowitz S., Rivera M., Romero H., Weeks M., Sanchez E., Deych E., Garg, A. Godbold J., Wolff M. S., Landrigan P.J., Berkowitz G. 2003. Environmental Health Perspectives. 111:13. 1649-53.
4. Washington State Department of Ecology. 1999, Citing U.S. EPA. 1998. The City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Purchasing – A Case Study. EPA