Southern California’s fantastic climate serves as a perfect host for a wide variety of animal pests and troublesome insects. The broad spectrum of problem species we deal with requires a comprehensive and well-designed plan for efficient and safe control. Integrated Pest Management is the model followed by advanced pest control companies throughout North America for total pest control designed around the teachings of science and responsible management practices. In this blog, we’ll examine the basics of Integrated Pest Management used by Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control professionals.
What Is Integrated Pest Management?
IPM was developed as far back as the 1950s to modernize and improve the control and management of agricultural pests affecting crops and livestock. It has been continuously improved and adapted as a scientific and environmentally sound approach to pest management in environments inhabited and used by humans, domestic animals, and plants found around homes and businesses.
IPM studies animal and insect species in different environments in an ongoing process. The discipline works to continually learn the least hazardous strategies for eliminating and excluding pests. It involves identifying invading pest species accurately and the food, water, and shelter in a given environment that attracts these specific species. Then it is determined if traps and other non-toxic methods are available for the identified species and conditions, and developing an ongoing monitoring system for evaluating the effectiveness and safety of selected control methods.
Why Should You Care About Integrated Pest Management?
IPM not only kills or removes pests from your property; it also focuses closely on whether potentially dangerous or counter-productive pesticides can be avoided for less toxic pesticides or chemicals. It is also dedicated to the exclusion of unwanted pests from future invasion. Responsible pest control companies using these methods are more interested in helping implement permanent exclusion strategies rather than merely planning for unlimited future visits to spray chemicals or remove pests that continue to invade your property.
Control methods are also ideally designed to exclude unwanted pests permanently and in ways that are responsible for your local and the wider environment, requiring only future monitoring for continuing effectiveness. Working with a professional firm that uses a well-developed Integrated Pest Management methodology is a straightforward way to be the least damaging and disruptive to non-pest species and humans as possible.
What Are the Benefits Of IPM?
Integrated Pest Management removes and excludes pests, reduces the necessity of pesticides, and saves money for customers. Reduced chemical applications help family members, guests, and pets avoid allergic reactions or adverse medical conditions. It uses proper pest identification and in-depth knowledge of the behaviors of local pest species. Proper education, use of scientific methods, and experience mean that a professional pest control company will correctly identify and understand the problem pests that may be on your property. This allows for narrowly designed and precise methods that can be used for the problems you have and eliminate future ones.
Some control and exclusion methods use biological controls, understanding natural predators, and preferred food sources. Cultural controls are used when appropriate to interrupt and control the reproduction processes of unwanted pests. Mechanical controls use traps and barriers to physically remove and exclude pest species without dangerous chemicals. When appropriate, chemical controls use the least hazardous pesticides available to deal with eliminating existing infestations.
Integrated Pest Management is also used to effectively monitor environmental effects and overall efficiency to protect your property in a comparatively less expensive and harmful alternative to traditional “spray and kill” approaches. Changing conditions can be evaluated and studied for needed future adjustments to exclusionary methods.
What Are the Costs Of Not Implementing IPM?
Not using a firm skilled in applying Integrated Pest Management methodology means that you face the possibility of undue expense, environmental damage, health risks, and inefficient methods that can make pest problems worse rather than better. A modern and scientific approach will ensure that you avoid the dangers and unneeded expenses that come with old techniques that ignore proper, scientific, and logical approaches to total pest control.
If you are interested in working with a professional pest control firm using a state-of-the-art scientific approach to Integrated Pest Control, call on our team of professionals at Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control. We place our focus on the unmatched reputation we have for complete customer service. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee backs every job we perform. We proudly serve Riverside and San Bernardino Counties’ residents and businesses, so contact us today for more information about our management practices and a free estimate for all of your pest control needs.