IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is the practice of using chemical and non-chemical control methods to solve pest problems. This approach reduces the need to use pesticides and instead focuses on finding the source of the pest problem, correcting it and preventing it from occurring again. This is done by properly identifying the pest species, knowing and understanding its biology and behavior, and removing or reducing its access to food, water and harborages. Pest exclusion is another method where pest entry points are identified and sealed up. This works particularly well for rodents. Chemicals and baits can be used if these steps are ineffective. Many pest problems including flies, cockroaches, ants, stored product pests and rodents can be solved by using these steps and very little chemical.