Integrated Pest Management in Sacramento
As with any professional service that uses science as its backbone, pest management constantly moves forward along with human knowledge.
Integrated pest management, or “IPM”, was developed as an effective, economic, and ecological way of dealing with pests starting in the 1950s.
While IPM might use "organic" methods of control, it is not limited by these since sometimes stronger methods are indicated. IPM emphasizes the responsible use of pesticides, always tending towards those that are the most “green”, with the least impact on the environment and life.
The science of pest management control has led us to use many forms of control that are non-toxic. Rather, they limit various biological functions of the pest: reproduction, hydration, respiration, etc.
We use IPM to deal with the problem with methods which do the least harm and the greatest good.
Usually, these methods are also the most economical.
With Integrated Pest Management, we use a four-tiered approach:
1) Set action threshold - Basically, how much is too much? While a critical part of IPM, this usually applies to agricultural situations, where sometimes a small population might be acceptable.
But "one" flea, rodent, or roach, in a home or business, already means the problem is beyond the mere evaluation of an "acceptable" threshold (because there's almost always more where that "one" came from) and usually indicates stronger and more immediate methods of control are necessary.
However, methods of prevention and maintenance will still come in handy to prevent the cycle from starting again, after the acute infestation is under control.
2) Monitor and Identify Pests - Not all insects and organisms require control. Some are harmless, and even beneficial (E.g. in a garden). Our IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made. Monitoring and identification helps prevent the use of unnecessary or wrong pesticides .
3) Prevention - In our evaluation and inspection, we show you how IPM programs help you manage your environment and prevent pests from becoming a threat.
4) Control - Once the previous steps indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective, we then evaluate the most economical, effective and risk-free control method. The least risky pest controls are chosen first, including those targeting specific life functions of the pest, such as pheromones to disrupt reproduction, or mechanical controls, such as trapping. Then, if needed, targeted spraying of plant-based pesticides might be used. Wider or “broadcast” spraying of more toxic chemicals are only used as a last resort when absolutely necessary.
As experienced professionals in Integrated Pest Management methods, let us show you how IPM can help you!