What is Integrated Pest Management?
Keller Pest Control follows the principles and methods of Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. This treatment methodology allows our technicians to solve pest problems in a way that minimizes risk to people, animals, and the environment. It can be adapted to manage pests of any and all kinds.
Prior to the popularization of IPM, most pest control was solved by saturating all affected areas with pesticide. If one bottle was good, then two bottles was even better. It’s safe to say that, more often than not, the pesticides being used were not green. This philosophy and its treatment methods compromise the safety of both the people and the ecosystem exposed the chemicals.
Integrated Pest Management focuses on techniques that allow for long-term prevention of unwanted or damage-causing pests by controlling the environment in which they exist. Instead of simply treating for the pests you see at the moment, IPM involves the examination of environmental factors that affect any unwanted pest, and with this, a trained technician can solve the problem by creating conditions that no longer allow the pest to thrive.
The IPM Process:
Identify the pest(s). Our technicians are well-trained and educated in pest biology and are capable of accurately identifying whatever unwanted pest is troubling you.
Assess the level of severity: how large is the infestation and how much damage has been incurred.
Determine the necessary steps to control pest and apply the appropriate treatment method.
Biological controls such as introducing the pest’s natural enemies can help better manage population levels without the use of pesticides. This approach is more commonly used in agriculture and conservation.
Behavior controls such as physical barriers alter the pest’s ability to congregate, reproduce, and survive. These mechanical or physical controls can eliminate the pest directly or create an environment in which it can no longer thrive.
Chemical controls include the application of pesticides, but only when necessary and only with minimal effect on you, your pets, and the environment. Through IPM, only the most effective pesticides are used to ensure the preservation of air, soil, and water quality.
Monitor treatment for effective results and adjust methods as needed. Our technicians work continuously to ensure than any pest infestation is handled completely before the treatment is considered successful.