Most companies apply applications of pesticides. The Pest Guys are different in the fact that we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
- We focus on pest prevention.
- We use pesticides only as needed.
Thus, provides a more effective program, and an environmentally sensitive approach.
IPM programs take advantage of all appropriate pest management strategies, including the limited use of pesticides. Preventive pesticide applications are low risk and are less exposure to humans and pets are more low risk using IPM, especially when non-chemical methods provide the same results. We look for problem areas and eliminate them so the cause of the problem is taken care of.
IPM is not one method it is several methods that do include pesticides but also includes non-pesticide applications. How we do it:
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Every IPM program is designed for your home and your pest prevention needs. Our IPM program uses this four-step approach:
- Identify Pest
- Set Actions
Correct pest identification is necessary:
- For the best results.
- Reduce the use of pesticides and the exposure to you and your family. Correct identification will prevent the elimination of beneficial organisms.
IPM plans will be updated and your route manager will keep you updated on the plan as it changes.
IPM focuses on prevention of the conditions that attract pests, food, water, and shelter. Preventive actions include:
- Removing clutter.
- Prevent areas where pests enter the building.
- Removing trash and overgrown vegetation that become gateways to your home.
- Maintaining clean food prep and storage areas.
- Creating pest barriers.
- Removal of standing water.
- Educating our customers
EPA recommends that schools use integrated pest management (IPM) – a Smart, Sensible and Sustainable approach to pest control:
- Smart because IPM creates a safer and healthier learning environment by managing pests and reducing children’s exposure to pests and pesticides.
- Sensible since practical strategies are used to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds.
- Sustainable because the emphasis is on prevention, which makes it an economically advantageous approach.
IPM is an effective and environmentally-sensitive approach that offers a wide variety of tools to reduce contact with pests and exposure to pesticides. The website focuses on providing vital information in the school setting to parents, school administrators, staff and pest management professionals. Knowledgeable, proactive stakeholders can enable a community to prevent or significantly reduce pollution from unnecessary pesticide use.
Using IPM reduces exposure to both pests and pesticides. Two health concerns that face in our communities are:
Rodents, cockroaches, and dust mites are often present in buildings and can cause or inflame serious allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Studies in New York City
- revealed a significant association between the prevalence of asthma among children and adults, and the incidence of pests, allergens (high cockroach and mouse allergen levels) and pesticides found in public housing.