Over the years, I have witnessed where a pest control technician from another company had serviced an account incorrectly. By this I mean that they did not use the proper IPM techniques.
For example, a new customer frantically stated that they had rodent problems for many years. Their old pest company would arrive on an annual basis (usually in the fall) and bait and trap for rodents. I asked the new customer if the technician had ever discovered where the rodents were getting in and why the technician did not seal the entry points. The new customer looked at me in totally confusion and said “No, they did not…now that you mention that, it would make perfect sense to close up the holes where the rats are getting into the house”.
We sealed up the home to prevent rodent entry, had all tree branch’s cut back away from the home, had trash removed from the yard and started an exterior rodent baiting program to keep the rodent populations down at the new customers request since it was a very heavily rodent populated area.
That was several years ago and they have not had any rodent issues since. The service was successful due to our initiating a successful IPM program.
So, just what is IPM?
This question is often asked and many times ill-defined, so it is no surprise that there is lots of confusion about this important topic.
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 your licensed pest professional. 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 IPM, there are very few “standard operating protocols.” Instead, your pest professional will assess YOUR unique situation to develop a comprehensive cure to your pest problem
IPM Tips from a Pest Professional
- Keep tree branches well trimmed and away from the house.
- Stack firewood and lumber away from the house to eliminate harborage for rodents, spiders and centipedes.
- Remove old tires from the yard that can fill up with water and provide a breeding ground for pests.
- Clean out gutters thoroughly especially after the fall when a majority of leaves have fallen. Make sure gutters and downspouts are unclogged.
- Keep windows properly screened.
- If any food is consumed in bedrooms, remove dishes immediately after use.
- Vacuum frequently.
- Seal window frames.
- Keep garage door closed to prevent entry by wildlife and birds. Be sure to keep this area clean to reduce pest hiding places.
- Keep shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking insects from entering the home.
- Pull soil or mulch back from the foundation of the house to reduce chances of infestation by termites.
- Seal food containers.
- Avoid letting trash or recycling pile up in outside bins. Keep bins closed.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Water should be channeled from downspouts away from your foundation.
- Repair leaky pipes.
- Seal up small cracks, holes and crevices in visible areas and in hidden areas such as under kitchen sink.
- Wipe counters frequently to remove any food debris; seal all food on counters such as baked goods.
- Pay particular attention to the maintenance and upkeep of your home’s foundation. Moisture problems can occur causing major pest issues for home’s with basements or crawlspaces.
- Seal up cracks and crevices especially around pipes and wiring.
- Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of your home including areas where utilities and pipes enter your home. Screen crawl space vents.
- Store pet goods in sealed plastic containers. Be sure and limit the amount of time the food is out.
You’re experienced Beucher & Son Termite and Pest Control technician will inspect and properly identify the pest issue. A custom plan of action will be created that will successfully manage the pest issue by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.