Integrated pest management, or IPM, helps home and business owners maintain pest-free homes. Keeping pests at bay is a must for your health and comfort. Rodents, as well as some spiders and insects, pose a variety of threats to the safety and well-being of both pets and people. Even harmless varieties cause psychological discomfort, making pest control and prevention essential. Ensec Pest & Lawn, serving communities in Alabama and Florida, explains why IPM is a smart option.
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
The main goal in using IPM is to reduce the amount of pesticide used. While pesticides are effective at preventing and eradicating most types of pests, it's beneficial to people, animals and the planet to use fewer of them. An IPM treatment plan begins with the following steps:
- Pest identification
- Monitoring pest populations and their behavior
- Setting thresholds for when action must be taken
Once problem areas have been identified and the severity and risks of infestations have been determined, IPM technicians can decide if and when action should be taken.
When Are Pesticides Used in IPM?
Your IPM tech uses data from inspections, reports and progress monitoring to decide whether the use of more pesticides -- or any at all -- is necessary. Action thresholds, or the level at which treatments are to be used, are determined based on how much of a nuisance the pest is and how much of a health hazard or financial threat it poses.
Other IPM Features
This type of pest control uses pest barriers, elimination of standing water, decluttering, weatherizing, removal of excess vegetation, and customer education to reduce the need for pesticides. When pest behavior or hazards surpass action thresholds, IPM professionals can supplement pesticide use by physically removing or trapping pests, or through hot or cold treatments. Using fewer pesticides provides the following benefits:
- Encourages pesticide-free prevention tactics
- Reduces the risk of water and ground contamination
- Protects people, pets and plants
- Creates less residue from pesticides
- Promotes sustainability and eco-friendly practices
- Provides cost-effective pest control
IPM is a logical choice for homeowners and those operating businesses. From decreasing the health and environmental effects of excess pesticide use to providing a financially smart alternative to conventional pest control methods, integrated pest management offers a wide range of benefits. Contact Ensec Pest & Lawn in Florida and Alabama for information on residential and commercial IPM solutions or to schedule an inspection.