What is IPM?
Eliminating pests in your house and around your yard has come a long way. Science dictates the best methods for pest control in Alexandria. At Green Pest Services, we use the tried and true method of Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. Using this multi-pronged treatment approach gives us the edge over pesky pests. With IPM on our side, insects, rodents and arachnids are not a problem for our technicians. On a technical note, IPM is a scientific process we use to solve pest infestation while minimizing risks to people and the environment.
The IPM Process
- Identify: The first step in IPM is to identify the pest. Running around spraying your home with over the counter insecticides isn’t the answer. You will kill of the beneficial insects as well as the bad ones. Not to mention, you end up living with potentially harmful pesticides. When you know the pest and understand how it lives, you can create a refined treatment approach that will stop the insect invaders in their tracks.
- Reconnaissance: After our technicians identify the problem pests, they do a bit of homework for your home. They note the number of pests, the severity of the infestation, and the damage they have caused.
- Prevention: There is a lot more to pest control than showing up to your home and killing a few mice. Our technicians want to prevent future infestations. For rodents, that means taking an exterior inventory of your home and identifying access points and hotspots. If the problem is bed bugs, we will teach you techniques to reduce the risk of a re-infestation.
- The Multi-Pronged Treatment Approach: Lastly, we use a multi-pronged treatment approach that combines various methods for holistic pest eradication. Insects, rodents and arachnids won’t know what hit them. The methods of IPM include; Biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical control options.
The Control Options
Biological means putting Mother Nature to work for you. Throughout the pest world there are predators. Biological control means strengthening the predators and weakening the prey. Cultural means changing the way you think about pests. For instance, if you underwater your lawn, you weaken its ability to fight off root eating grubs. Mechanical control is all about traps and exclusion. The mouse trap is a perfect example of using a mechanical control. Another example is making certain your screen windows don’t have any holes in them; this will reduce the risk of a carpet beetle infestation. The last method is chemical. At Green Pest Services we use chemicals that are safe for you, your family and the environment, yet being perfect for pest control.
When you put all of these treatment options into a robust plan, any pest that is plaguing your home will be eradicated. That is why we use Integrated Pest Management; it is our key to conquering infestations. With Green Pest Services on your side you can win the war on pests. Give Green Pest Services a call today.