At first glance, IPM may appear to be rather expensive, as it is a labour-intensive approach to pest elimination. Looking at the long-term benefits, however, it is actually cost-effective. IPM deals with the problem directly at the source, significantly reducing the likelihood of infestations reoccurring in the future. The methods employed by IPM may also see your business benefiting in other ways as well, such as making your building more energy efficient.
IPM involves a personalized approach, geared toward your specific situation. Each business will have its own needs. For example, while some businesses may be tolerant of the sighting of individual pests and concerned primarily with large infestations, businesses in the food industry cannot afford to take that approach and must be much more aggressive in their response.
Careful monitoring of your pest infestation will be required to gain a full understanding of your particular pest control issue. Through thorough inspection and monitoring, the type and extent of your needs can be properly evaluated.
You are encouraged to monitor such things as evidence of pest presence, pest-conducive conditions, pest entry points, and areas of pest-harborage.
The prevention of pest issue development is a primary focus of IPM. This can involve basic steps such as setting glue traps for insects, rodent traps, and more advanced equipment. It will also address aspects of pest prevention, such as proper sanitation and cleaning procedures.
The identification of structural weaknesses and potential entry points is also important to help prevent pests from gaining access to your premises. Locating and repairing holes, gaps, and cracks will greatly reduce the risk of infestation.
A wide range of means are available for controlling pests. Physical means, such as adjusting the environment to be less hospitable to specific pests, are combined with mechanical methods like vacuum cleaners and cobweb brushes. When necessary, chemical methods may also come into play, although IPM programs aim to reduce pesticide usage while exploring chemical-free alternatives. If chemicals must be used, it is done in a very targeted manner to protect both the environment and the health of people and other animals in the vicinity.
Modern pest control must focus on more than the use of pesticides. A more holistic approach is required to provide an effective, ongoing solution tailored to your specific needs and the protection of the environment.
Don’t just react to the presence of pests in your business—take an approach of integrated pest management and enjoy real results.