Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
In the past, the solution to pest management was to apply pesticides in great quantities in an attempt to saturate and kill a pest infestation and prevent a re-infestation. These methods often included highly toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic or nicotine. Little thought went into the cumulative effects of toxins which built up in the environment and food chain in areas where over application had occurred for many years.
Since then, a total systematic approach has been developed to manage pest control while minimizing environment impact. This system is known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
For pest control professionals, IPM always starts with an inspection. We identify pests present and look for entry points, harborage areas, and food and water sources. With some pests, making environment changes such as removing potential harborage areas can have an impact on reducing populations of undesirable pests.
IPM for home and business owners starts with the basics. First, simple actions such as covering trash cans, sealing or removing points of entry and keeping areas used for food preparation clean. These actions reduce the environment which entices pests to invade a property and are often all that is needed.
Temperature control measures are also effective and cause little harm to the environment. Temperatures over 140 degrees F will typically remove most arthropods (inspects and spiders) and of course freezing temperatures eradicate arthropods as well.
The next method of IPM is to use mechanical devices such as traps, sticky strips, and the like to capture pests. Door sweeps, window screens and other entry prevention barriers fall in the mechanical devices category.
Finally, pesticides are the last step in IPM. Many modern pesticides are non-toxic to animals and humans. However, all pesticides are applied to the lowest level possible to reduce or remove an infestation and are applied on a set schedule to ensure proper application and long term results. Pesticides are also designed to breakdown in the environment, so recurring treatments are typically necessary to maintain barriers. The policy of over application and kill everything is a method of the past. Which, is why a first visit by your pest control technician may not get all the ants, but a planned schedule of low level applications will eventually reduce or remove the ant colonies all together.
North American Home Services has been providing pest control services to the greater Sacramento region for over 38 years. Each year, we complete thousands of services on residential and commercial buildings in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and Solano counties. Our pest control staff is highly regarded, qualified and licensed by the California State. North American Home Services is a proud member in good standing of the Pest Control Operators of California.