Integrated Pest Management Principles (IPM)

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IPM BlogWhile pest control is important in your home, garden, and lawn, it is also important that it is approached in the correct manner. A lack of research into how each type of pest interacts with the environment can lead to damaged crops, property, and people. Integrated Pest Management, also called IPM, is a methodical, environmentally-considerate approach to pest control.

Why is IPM important?

Integrated Pest Management is common-sense based, which means that it takes every aspect of a pest control job into consideration, including location, potential control methods, and the relationship of the pest to the surrounding area.

IPM can be integrated into settings that are both agricultural and non-agricultural. It evaluates the pros and cons of every possible method (such as chemical pesticides) and chooses the one that will leave the least damage in its wake. The goal is always to eliminate the problem without causing further issues.

Do all pests need to be eliminated?

Just because you see a bug floating around near a flower does not automatically mean it should be eliminated. On the contrary, there are many insects and even weeds that are helpful within their environmental setting. It is important to confirm that pests are a real problem before making any attempts to remove them.

Steps of the IPM process

Integrated Pest Management is not one single solution, but rather an evaluation of possible and effective solutions. The following items are important factors within the process:

Action thresholds

An action threshold is essentially a standard which determines exactly when pests become a problem to the surrounding conditions. This determines when treatment is necessary.

Pest Prevention

Prevention is always the best method of keeping conditions controlled. IPM programs work to keep pests from becoming a threat to the environment, which saves you money in the future before the problem gets out of hand.

Pest Identification

As already mentioned, before action can be taken to eliminate infestations, it must be made certain that an infestation is possible. Professional identification and monitoring of pests is necessary before any action is taken.

Pest Control

After measures of prevention have been taken, if the action threshold is crossed, IPM programs implement effective and environmentally-sensitive methods of pest control.

When is IPM most common?

Many growers use the IPM approach to spraying pests in their crops. It can be utilized in any area, including workplaces, homes, sheds, gardens, fields, and anywhere else pests pose a threat. It is important to follow the steps and use pest control methods thoughtfully and with caution.

If you are not sure how to identify a pest, problem, or solution, it is always a good idea to call a professional in the pest control industry. Call us today and let our trained professionals help you rid your home of unwanted guests.

While pest control is important in your home, garden, and lawn, it is also important that it is approached in the correct manner. A lack of research into how each type of pest interacts with the environment can lead to damaged crops, property, and people. Integrated Pest Management, also called IPM, is a methodical, environmentally-considerate approach to pest control.

Why is IPM important?

Integrated Pest Management is common-sense based, which means that it takes every aspect of a pest control job into consideration, including location, potential control methods, and the relationship of the pest to the surrounding area.

IPM can be integrated into settings that are both agricultural and non-agricultural. It evaluates the pros and cons of every possible method (such as chemical pesticides) and chooses the one that will leave the least damage in its wake. The goal is always to eliminate the problem without causing further issues.

Do all pests need to be eliminated?

Just because you see a bug floating around near a flower does not automatically mean it should be eliminated. On the contrary, there are many insects and even weeds that are helpful within their environmental setting. It is important to confirm that pests are a real problem before making any attempts to remove them.

Steps of the IPM process

Integrated Pest Management is not one single solution, but rather an evaluation of possible and effective solutions. The following items are important factors within the process:

Action thresholds

An action threshold is essentially a standard which determines exactly when pests become a problem to the surrounding conditions. This determines when treatment is necessary.

Pest Prevention

Prevention is always the best method of keeping conditions controlled. IPM programs work to keep pests from becoming a threat to the environment, which saves you money in the future before the problem gets out of hand.

Pest Identification

As already mentioned, before action can be taken to eliminate infestations, it must be made certain that an infestation is possible. Professional identification and monitoring of pests is necessary before any action is taken.

Pest Control

After measures of prevention have been taken, if the action threshold is crossed, IPM programs implement effective and environmentally-sensitive methods of pest control.

When is IPM most common?

Many growers use the IPM approach to spraying pests in their crops. It can be utilized in any area, including workplaces, homes, sheds, gardens, fields, and anywhere else pests pose a threat. It is important to follow the steps and use pest control methods thoughtfully and with caution.

If you are not sure how to identify a pest, problem, or solution, it is always a good idea to call a professional in the pest control industry. Call us today and let our trained professionals help you rid your home of unwanted guests.

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