Intergrated Pest Management (IPM)
What is IPM (Integrated Pest Management)?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.
Most importantly, IPM requires a partnership between you and Round The Clock Pest Control’s Technicians. In working together, you can have the peace of mind that your family and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats.
When it comes to integrated pest management there are very few “standard operating protocols.” Instead, Round The Clock will assess YOUR unique situation to develop a comprehensive cure to your pest problem. Ask your Round The Clock professional for suggestions on how you can help with the pest-proofing process!
IPM Treatment and Inspection Techniques
When it comes to IPM, there are very few “standard operating protocols.” Instead, your Round The Clock Pest professional will assess YOUR unique situation to develop a comprehensive cure to your pest problem, which could include any of the following techniques:
- Applying materials
- Using various trapping devices
- Emptying trash containers frequently
- Keeping trash containers clean both inside and out
- Keeping full trash bags tied securely and placed in outdoor garbage storage areas
- Cleaning outdoor garbage areas to remove debris
- Using tight fitting lids and/or closed dumpsters to store garbage outdoors.
- Emptying sink strainers and running the garbage disposal frequently to prevent food build up in the drain area
- Washing dishes immediately after meals to prevent pests from consuming food residue on dishes
- Cleaning food particles and grease from kitchen appliances (toasters, ovens, microwaves, ovens, stoves, and refrigerators)
- Storing pet food in re-sealable containers
- Limiting the amount of time that pet food and water dishes are left out
- Storing food products in plastic snap-lid containers or kept in the refrigerator
- Vacuuming and sweeping floors and furniture regularly, especially around eating areas such as kitchens and living rooms
- Cleaning food storage areas and shelves regularly, where pests may be harboring
- Sealing gaps around plumbing, wall outlets and switch plates to prevent pests from migrating from infested units to others
- Screening windows and doors
- Caulking cracks and gaps in and around the property to keep pests from invading from outdoors
- Running water frequently in spare bathrooms, utility tubs and toilets to keep pests from entering through dry drainage areas
- Scanning grocery items, produce and other packaged food products, which may have been stored in infested locations prior to being purchased, before bringing them indoors or storing them
- Inspecting children’s book bags and lunch pails on a regular basis to prevent transporting pests from school to home
- Keeping branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the property
- Removing old tires or other open containers around the property that can fill up with water and provide a breeding ground for pests
- Stacking firewood and lumber away from the house to eliminate harborage for rodents, spiders and centipedes
- Pulling soil or mulch back from the foundation of the property to prevent termites
- Channeling water from downspouts away from the property’s foundation
- Paying particular attention to the maintenance and upkeep of the property’s foundation
IPM in Business
If you own a business, you know how critical it is to protect this investment — essentially your livelihood! From building a positive reputation to increasing your revenue, your clients and customers are at the heart of what you do. The incidence of pests and rodents in your businesses can affect the way your customers view you and your company. Further, pests and rodents can pose serious risks to the health of your employees and the safety of your property. Even though pests and rodents are small in stature, their affect on your business bottom line can be enormous.
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is a common sense way for businesses to address pest and rodent problems. This method of pest control offers sound solutions, which focus on three key techniques: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment by pest professionals.
A more complete approach to pest control, IPM bases its recommendations on your business’ unique needs. Round The Clock Pest Control does not use a “one size fits all” approach – whether sealing cracks, removing a food or water source or, when necessary, employing pesticide treatments, IPM is about finding the best and most comprehensive treatment of pest problems.
Pest Proofing in Businesses
- Be vigilant of maintenance needs and common-sense pest prevention.
- Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
- Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Look for rodent droppings in undisturbed areas, including closets, attics, and along floorboards, which indicate a pest problem.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your business, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the building.
- Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the building’s foundation and windows.
- Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation; install gutters or diverts, which will channel water away from the building.
- Be sure your employees keep food sealed and stored properly.
- Clean high-volume areas daily, such as public eating areas and kitchenettes, where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up.
IPM for Schools
“Going to school” is supposed to be an adventure for children but not because pests and rodents share their classroom. The presence of pests and rodents in schools can seriously affect the health of both students and teachers, which makes professional pest control essential to providing a safe learning environment.
Although a “hot” topic for parents and educators, IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in schools is rarely understood. Common sense and sound solutions are the foundation for IPM, and where children’s health is concerned, these are critical. IPM practices in schools focus upon 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment by pest professionals.
IPM is a more holistic approach to pest control, as treatments are based on each school’s unique needs. Pest professionals do not use a “one size fits all” approach in IPM but rather the best treatment for your particular pest problem. Whether it is sealing cracks, removing a food or water source or, when necessary, employing pesticide treatments, IPM is about individual and comprehensive treatment of pest problems.