Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. Information on pests and their interaction with the environment, combined with available pest control methods are used to control pests by the most economical, and evironmental friendly means. Successful Integrated Pest Management programs are composed of the following: Prevention, Observation, and Intervention.

Prevention

Integrated Pest Management begins with the inspection of a home or business to identify measures that can be taken to prevent pests from becoming a threat. Prevention methods include, and are not limited to the sealing of pest entry points, and the removal of food and water sources for the pests.

Observation

Regular inspections of the home or business are the cornerstone of Integrated Pest Management. Visual inspection, traps, and other methods of monitoring pest populations, along with accurate pest identification is vital to the success of an IPM program. Inspection records and a thorough knowledge of the behavior and reproductive cycles of target pests is used to employ effective treatment methods.

Intervention

When treatment becomes necessary mechanical, non-chemical, and chemical methods are employed. Mechanical methods include the erection of insect barriers, the setting of traps, and vacuuming. Non-Chemical methods include heat eradication, exclusion, sanitation, and habitat modification. Chemical methods involve the use of pesticides of varying potencies where non-chemical methods are deemed ineffective.

Industry Leader in IPM

In 1990, Structural Termite and Pest Control was the first company in California to be licensed to provide Thermapure Heat as a mode to eliminate Drywood termites and other pests from structures. We continue to seek and provide chemical-free or low chemical methods whenever possible.

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