Integrated pest management

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What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of practices not just the use of chemicals. IPM programs manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls.

Set Action Thresholds

Before taking any pest control action Select Exterminating first sets an action threshold, a point at which the pest population must be eradicated. Just because a tiny spider was spotted does not mean chemical must be used immediately but rather preventative measures taken.

Monitor and Identify Pests

The Select IPM program works to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate decisions can be made. By monitoring for pests and identifing them properly Select will be sure to use the right pesticides.

Prevention

IPM programs work to manage the property to prevent pests from entering in the first place. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient. Some control methods include keeping drains clean, ensuring garbage is kept away from the property, and making sure no standing water is present.

Control

Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are not effective, the Select IPM program is then evaluated based on effectiveness and risk for the property. Effective, less risky pesticides are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides.