What is IPM?
In the pest management industry, IPM
is a term you may have heard, but it may not have meant much to you. Let's change that!
IPM is one of the most important pieces of terminology in the industry and it has a direct effect on how we service your property. The acronym stands for Integrated Pest Management.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, IPM is an effective and environmentally-sensitive approach to pest control that relies on a system of controls and thresholds to manage various pests. IPM relies on common-sense practices, pest biology and behavior, information on the life cycle of pests, and several economic thresholds to make a decision about when to treat and which products to use.
Burgess Pest Management is an IPM company
. That means we rely on this environmentally-friendly philosophy to make sound judgments on how we treat for pests in your home or office. All of our Pest Management Professionals are trained in IPM, which is a great benefit to your property and our environment!
Here's how the EPA further defines Integrated Pest Management.
Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.
- Monitor and Identify Pests
Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop, lawn, or indoor space to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In an agricultural crop, this may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs
then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.