How Does Integrated Pest Management Work? By: Nathan Woolf Date: November 13, 2013Here at Blue Sky Pest Control, our techniques are based on an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to help rid your home of pests and prevent future infestations. Integrated Pest Management is an environmentally friendly practice that is effective in treating and preventing many kinds of pests, including termites, scorpions, rats and mice, and other pests common to our area.While not every pest problem can be solved without using chemical treatments, IPM can be a great way to get rid of unwanted pests and prevent their return. We always do a thorough inspection to determine which approach makes the most sense for your situation, and usually it will involve some type of IPM solution.Effective IPM approaches take into account the habits, biology and environment of the pest, and uses this information to reduce the damage the pest causes to humans, in a way that minimizes the impact of the treatment on humans and other animals. Prevention using IPM techniques is the key to long-lasting pest control in your home. Treatment can remove current populations, but without IPM prevention, they will surely return to your property.Blue Sky Pest Control’s Integrated Pest Management solution includes customized recommendations to help you make your home more pest-proof and determine the most realistic time-frame for achieving acceptable long-term control.When Blue Sky starts an IPM program with one of our clients, we focus on five major strategies to ensure its success:Inspection for existing infestations and potential problem areas and positive pest identification.Written findings and recommendation reports.Communication with client and coordination among all programs that affect the pest control effort.Implementation of IPM methods to solve problem.Documentation of all work and findings and follow-up with the client.Within these strategies, we implement four levels of control to accomplish an effective IPM strategy:Access denial and Exclusion of entry points of pests.Structural, cultural and procedural modifications to reduce food, water and harborage of pests.Utilization of non-pesticide technologies such as trapping and monitoring devices.If required, the judicious use of pesticides and application methods that presents the lowest potential impact to humans and the environment, while providing effective control.Many people are concerned about the effects of chemicals, pesticides and poison on their families and pets. Chemical treatment methods are still used when necessary for specific pest problems, but IPM can help the effects of those treatments last longer and be more effective. We also offer natural and organic pest control solutions for families concerned about family and pet safety, as well as environmental impact.As an example, let’s take a look at our Integrated Pest Management process for rats and mice. When we visit your home or commercial site, we will conduct an in-depth inspection to determine what methods will work best for your situation. The IPM techniques we use will vary, but might include:Exclusion techniques to minimize or eliminate the entry points of rodents.Sanitation practices that can help reduce nesting sites and remove the things that attract rodents.Trapping using glue boards.Control with baits with the use of bait stations where needed to prevent access by pets and people.Modification of landscaping or the home. For example, trimming trees and bushes touching the home to assist with the control, or removing organic debris.We pride ourselves on an Integrated Pest Management approach that allows us to work within each of our customers’ specific needs. When you’re looking for environmentally sound and effective pest control solutions, it’s crucial to pick a company with experience in providing truly “green” and comprehensive IPM programs. You can feel secure in the fact that Blue Sky’s technicians have decades of experience in providing low-risk Integrated Pest Management solutions to both residential and corporate clients.