Dealing with pests in your yard doesn’t have to mean tolerating harmful chemicals. More and more pest control companies are utilizing a solution known as integrated pest management. This unique pest control method utilizes fewer chemicals by incorporating biological, cultural, and physical tools. You’ll be able to regain control of your yard while keeping the local habitat in balance.
What Is Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is used only when insect levels exceed acceptable levels. Steps are taken to limit the targeted pest population while minimizing the impact on other animals in the environment. According to the IPM Institute of North America, the definition of integrated pest management is “a sustainable, science-based, decision-making process that combines biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools to identify, manage, and reduce risk from pests and pest management tools and strategies in a way that minimizes overall economic, health and environmental risks.”
Here’s what you can expect when you choose an integrated pest management solution:
- Initial Inspection: Your pest control technicians will assess your home and landscaping for problem spots that are likely to attract pests. These include things like food and water sources for the insects.
- Continued monitoring: Once target areas are established, your technician will keep track of insects’ presence and how abundant they are in your yard.
- Future recommendations: Your technician can recommend ways to discourage pest infestations. For instance: keeping an eye out for standing water will reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard.
- Low-Risk Alternatives: With IPM, pesticides are only used when necessary. Non-chemical methods will be employed first.
Benefits Of Integrated Pest Management
In past decades, pesticides were used indiscriminately, with little regard to the impact on the environment. Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” discussed the detrimental effects in great detail. In the 50s and 60s, DEET was sprayed so often, and in such strong quantities, it killed off more than mosquitoes. Since then, we have learned how to control pests without wreaking havoc on other species. This is the reigning concept behind integrated pest management.
Besides the most obvious benefit of less environmental impact, there are many other benefits to this pest control method.
- Traditional pesticides are only used as a last resort. These include baits, gels, and dust.
- This is a great option for families with pets or children because any pesticides used will be applied in a way that limits exposure.
- IPM strategies can be used in conjunction with organic programs
- IPM is more flexible and dynamic than traditional pest control methods
- Reduces strain and risk on the local environment through the use of more benign control methods
- Decreases air and ground-water contamination
- Reduces build-up of pesticide residue
- IPM reduces the presence of pests like cockroaches, which can cause severe asthma and allergies, especially among children
Get Integrated Pest Management From Bama Pest Control
Integrated pest management methods offer a more holistic, organic approach to lawn care. The Bama Pest Control professionals will assess your unique situation and create a plan that incorporates other pest control options besides insecticides. Call (251) 478-7015 or contact us online here. For more tips on keep pests out of your home, be sure to check out our monthly blog.