Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
LESS is the New MORE
Win the Pest War with Strategy
A good pest management strategy incorporates some or all methods available to manage a given pest. This is called integrated pest management, or IPM and is a melding of exclusion control, cultural control and, if needed, chemical control. The goal of IPM is to reduce pest populations and damage to economically and aesthetically tolerable levels.
Pest Control with a Conscience
In most cases, an IPM approach is considered sensible and environmentally sound. IPM will keep pest levels and damage below economically or aesthetically injurious levels. Effective pest management and reduced use of pesticides are compatible. Pesticides used correctly and judiciously are good tools for pest control. However, they should not be used if non-pesticidal approaches can solve the problem. Complete eradication may not be possible, practical or desirable.
A Time to Kill
Although it is extremely important to remember that total eradication of a pest population is not the goal in most cases, it is equally important to recognize that sometimes it is. Eradication is by all means desirable when termites are damaging a structure or when pests present the possibility of disease transmission to people or pets.
Why Bomb a Butterfly with a B-52?
IPM embraces the idea of "less is more" as long as it is effective, which many times may mean looking beyond the obvious for an alternative solution. A pest control professional must look at the big picture to solve the problem by finding the SOURCE of the infestation (and not just by putting a band-aid on it).