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Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

3 Reasons to Choose Integrated Pest Management for Your Home or Apartment

If you want to get rid of bugs or creatures in your home, but you don't want to use toxic chemicals or cruel traps, there is another way. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the practice of using reliable information and safe methods to prevent residential pest infestation. 

The unintended consequences of human activity will always pit pests against people. And people will always fight the pests. The problem is, the wrong kind of pest management causes beneficial insects to die and negatively impacts the entire ecosystem.

Bee colonies have collapsed in many parts of the U.S., new and destructive non-native insect invaders appear continuously to wreak havoc on our forests, and mammal habitat is swallowed up by development across the nation. Expect more infestations of unwanted chewers and crawlers, but use the wise approach of IPM to handle their appearance in your space.

IPM Makes More Sense

Homes and apartment buildings attract a variety of nuisance pests. Spewing a highly toxic chemical substance around the structure every few months (in the vain hopes that you'll kill or repel your pests) is both ineffective and unpleasant for human and pet residents. With IPM, you use a multi-level approach to solve pest issues.

Instead of guessing about the home invaders, an IPM-style pest control company accurately and thoroughly identifies the actual pests in your structure and yard. Rather than wantonly spraying chemicals everywhere, the pros determine the following:

  • Source of pests
  • Breeding areas of pests
  • Attractants drawing the pests
  • Openings allowing pests access
  • Presence of beneficial predators 
  • Targeted repellants and insecticides to use

When you practice targeted pest control, you do the least amount of damage to the environment. If you spray any old insecticide willy-nilly, you may kill the beneficial insects that would have helped you eradicate the truly destructive bugs.

An IPM-style pest control professional uses live traps to physically control larger nuisance animals. These pests include skunks, squirrels, opossums, and raccoons. You won't need to handle biting creatures or remove dead or injured animals from traps.

IPM Is Enjoyable

Practicing IPM is enjoyable because it makes your property and home more attractive and nature-friendly. If, instead, you do the equivalent of carpet-bombing your yard with poison to get rid of insects, you also drive away birds that sing. You kill pollinators that are vital to make your fruit and nut trees bear abundantly. Your place smells like toxic funk.

With low-impact products, the chemicals and substances used are cost-effective and targeted to kill the insects actually present on your property. Your home is treated with materials and methods that won't put you, your family, or your pets in danger.

In the farm fields, IPM practitioners use drones to monitor pest infestations. This is a fun way to fight pests, but the most enjoyable part about the drone use is the information the farmers gain. On a residential scale, you also get the satisfaction of knowing what you're fighting when you hire an IPM professional. You can use the knowledge you gain to teach kids about the ecosystem in their own backyard, too.

IPM Improves Your Property

Choose IPM and your property is upgraded. Remember that the "M" stands for management. When you address all of the issues that are attracting pests or allowing them access to your home, your property looks better and is more valuable.

Mechanical or physical pest control is a key part of IPM. Mechanical control includes trapping as noted above. It also involves manipulating the environment to deny access to bugs and rodents.

Simple mechanical methods include caulking and replacing screens with insect- and chew-proof materials. Removing attractants can be as simple as getting rid of yard waste or moving your garbage cans. All of the efforts you make toward IPM will improve your property's curb appeal and longevity.

Farmers choose a method known as cultural control to selectively manage pests in the field and retain their property's value. By enhancing the environment for beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, the farmers allow these good guys to take over and kill the bad bugs. If they sprayed poison that killed both good and bad bugs, they would have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to replace the ladybugs and lacewings they'd lose to chemical treatments.

In the same way on your residential land, you have many unseen allies in the fight against harmful pests. Your IPM team will help you maintain the good bugs in your yard and get rid of the insects you don't want hanging around.

Contact Greenleaf Organic Pest Management today to begin safely eradicating pests from your property. We're happy to treat your home or apartment complex in the Southern California region. We handle rodents, termites, ants, spiders, and nuisance-animal removal using live traps.