Pest control, everyone needs it, but what is IPM? Well, here in St. George the temperature is warming and the bugs are starting to move around. Whether you own a business or want protection for you home, the most effective and green friendly method of keeping pests outside is to choose a pest management professional that follows an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.

IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment.  Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.

Most importantly, IPM requires a partnership between you and your licensed pest professional. In working together, you can have the peace of mind that your business and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats.

IPM Treatment and Inspection Techniques

When it comes to pest management, there are very few “standard operating protocols.” Instead, your pest professional will assess YOUR unique situation to develop a comprehensive cure to your pest problem, which could include any of the following techniques:

  • Applying pesticides
  • Using various trapping devices
  • Emptying trash containers frequently
  • Keeping trash containers clean both inside and out
  • Keeping full trash bags tied securely and placed in outdoor garbage storage areas
  • Cleaning outdoor garbage areas to remove debris
  • Using tight fitting lids and/or closed dumpsters to store garbage outdoors.
  • Emptying sink strainers and running the garbage disposal frequently to prevent food build up in the drain area
  • Washing dishes immediately after meals to prevent pests from consuming food residue on dishes
  • Cleaning food particles and grease from kitchen appliances (toasters, ovens, microwaves, ovens, stoves, and refrigerators)
  • Storing pet food in re-sealable containers
  • Limiting the amount of time that pet food and water dishes are left out
  • Storing food products in plastic snap-lid containers or kept in the refrigerator
  • Vacuuming and sweeping floors and furniture regularly, especially around eating areas such as kitchens and living rooms
  • Cleaning food storage areas and shelves regularly, where pests may be harboring
  • Sealing gaps around plumbing, wall outlets and switch plates to prevent pests from migrating from infested units to others, and much more!

 By doing your part to fulfill the Integrated Pest Management plan you are taking an active approach to keep pests from walking through your doors.  More than just a pest "band-aid" that doesn't address the problem, IPM works as a cure.  We at H&H Pest Management believe in the IPM process and we believe that by working together, your home or business will be properly treated and pest free.

 For more about IPM and to see videos of IPM in action check out whatisIPM.org.  As always feel free to contact us at H&H for any questions regarding your pest control concerns.

 

By: Carson Hunt