The National Pest Control Association (NPCA) and United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) defines Integregrated Pest Management (IPM) as an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common sense practices. IPM programs take advantage of all pest management options, possibly including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.
The Value of Inspection
Solving pest management problems depends on the synergy between inspection and identification, because one is worthless without the other. The benefits of a good inspection and correct identification is knowledge of the pest, its biology and behavior, and solution of the pest problem.
The thoroughness and accuracy of the inspection is key to defining a successful pest management strategy.
The inspection begins with a detailed customer interview to determine customer expectations and concerns, and also the type and extent of the pest problem. Although some problems are easily diagnosed, sometimes recognition of the pest isn’t enough. That is why during the inspection, our operators become Sherlock Holmes, by solving unusual pest management problems and succeeding where others have failed.
After performing our own inspection, we can then clearly determine whether a problem exists, and if so, outline the most effective solution for that problem. We love to solve tough “bug” problems and see the reaction of satisfied customers when they are informed that their home or business is now pest free
The Importance of Communication
As pest management professionals, our operators are not only skilled in pest identification but also with pest biology, pest behavior, pest management strategies, and pesticides. They are also sufficiently knowledgeable to explain why and how they plan to deal with specific pest management situations, and are always ready to answer any of your questions.
The Role of the Customer
Sometimes closing the door is the only way to solve the problem. While it is common to caulk and/or stuff cracks and crevices, install door sweeps and other exclusion materials, major structural problems, e.g., roof leaks, slab cracks, moisture problems, lighting, etc., require customer resolution. Typically, if these major structural problems are not resolved, the pest problem will persist.