As a safe and environmentally responsible pest control business, Patrick Exterminating follows the general principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
IPM emphasizes the importance of non-chemical pest prevention to offset the amount of pesticide application needed. While the EPA does not differentiate between residential, commercial and institutional settings in its guidelines, it outlines four basic principles to successful integrated pest management and the benefits derived:
Principles of IPM
Identify Pests and Monitor Progress
Correct pest identification is required to determine the best preventive measures and reduce the unnecessary use of pesticides.
Set Action Threshold
An action threshold is the pest population level at which the pest’s presence is a nuisance, health hazard, or economic threat.
IPM focuses on prevention by removing conditions that attract pests, such as food, water, and shelter. Preventive actions include:
- Reducing clutter.
- Sealing areas where pests enter the building (weatherization).
- Removing trash and overgrown vegetation.
- Maintaining clean dining and food storage areas.
- Installing pest barriers.
- Removing standing water.
- Educating building occupants on IPM.
Pest control is required if action thresholds are exceeded. IPM programs use the most effective, lowest risk options considering the risks to the applicator, building occupants, and environment. Control methods include pest trapping, physical removal and pesticide application. Documenting pest control actions is critical in evaluating success and should include:
- An on-site record of each pest control service, including all pesticide applications, in a searchable, organized system.
- Evidence that non-chemical control methods were considered and implemented.
- Recommendations for preventing future pest problems.
Benefits of Integrated Pest Management
IPM offers several benefits. It helps to:
- Reduce the number of pests.
- Reduce the number of pesticide applications.
- Save money while protecting human health.
Did you know that children in the United States continue to face serious risks arising from pests and the use of pesticides in certain cases? Children may:
- Continue to contract diseases carried by biting insects.
- Suffer respiratory attacks from exposure to asthma triggers and allergens attributed to cockroach and rodent infestations.
- Be exposed unnecessarily to pesticides that have been over-applied or misused in settings they frequent, such as schools.
Adopting IPM reduces exposure to both pests and pesticides. Two health concerns faced throughout the country by children and adults are allergies and asthma. Rodents, cockroaches, and dust mites are often present in buildings and can cause or inflame serious allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
While these principles outlined by the EPA are based on controlling pest populations in environments spanning from urban to rural throughout the United States, we take these guidelines into consideration when outlining our pest prevention procedures in suburban South Florida. Our household pest control services focus mostly on exterior applications. By addressing the source of insects, we can limit interior applications to an as needed only basis. Our customers prefer the idea that chemical applications inside their homes are not done just as a matter of routine. We also instruct our customers to adopt important non-chemical pest control practices to minimize the possibility of infestations around the home:
- Keep all trees, bushes and shrubs trimmed back away from home; remove any trellises or structures that will give insects and rodents a ladder or launch pad. (Rodents can jump a distance of three feet!)
- When planting trees and bushes, calculate mature size and position planting so half of structure is well away from roof drip edge when mature.
- Keep mulch shallow in plant beds around home; do not add new mulch without removing original layer first.
- Divert water away from home; keep air conditioning overflow and sprinkler pattern at least 12 inches away from home.
- Keep garage doors shut and inspect exterior doorways, windows, soffits and vents for potential points of entry. (Rodents have been known to squeeze through a crack the width of a nickel!)
Working together, we can focus on safe and environmentally responsible pest control practices following the principles of Integrated Pest Management.
For more information on Integrated Pest management, go to https://www.epa.gov/managing-pests-schools/introduction-integrated-pest-management
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