Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an environmentally friendly, common sense approach to controlling pests. Presidio Pest Management follows the IPM practices jointly developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Traditional pest control involves the routine application of pesticides. Integrated Pest Management focuses instead on a more effective, environmentally sensitive approach to pest control and pest prevention. Preventive pesticide application is limited because the risk of pesticide exposure outweighs the benefits, especially when non-chemical methods provide the same results.
The Integrated Pest Management Approach
While each Integrated Pest Management program is site-specific, successful programs use the same, 4-tiered approach:
1. Identify pest and monitor progress: Maintain records for each building, record monitoring and inspection findings.
2. Set action thresholds: the pest population level at which the pest’s presence is a nuisance, health hazard, or economic threat.
3. Prevent: Integrated Pest Management focuses on prevention by removing conditions that attract pests, such as food, water and shelter.
4. Control: When action thresholds are exceeded, Integrated Pest Management programs use the most effective, low-risk options available. Documenting pest control actions is critical.