Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches problems with more than one technique to reduce or eliminate pests.

  • OBSERVATION involves monitoring, identifying, and determining the level of threat from pests.
  • The OBJECTIVE is to make the environment hostile to pests.
    Foremost is reinforcing a physical BARRIER to push pests out with building materials or a repeller.
  • Reduce SOURCES of attractions such as food sources and hiding areas.
  • Non-chemical REMEDIES include using traps and other physical elimination devices.
  • Appropriate and approved PESTICIDES for identified pests are safe when properly administered to.
  • CONSULT an approved Pest Consultant.


Biologic Pollutants are bacteria, molds, viruses, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen. Allergic reactions are the result of repeated exposure and immunologic sensitization to particular biologic allergens that can be life-threatening. Biologic pollutants that trigger asthma include cockroaches; house dust mites; pets organic residues; mold and mildew. These allergens become part of the indoor air pollutant.


For more information on General Pest control, Termite ControlMicrobes Disinfection and on Indoor Air Quality 



4 basic strategies for controlling RATS:

  • Eliminate food sources with good sanitation, including proper storage & solid waste management
  • Eliminate breeding and nesting places (habitat denial), such as minimizing cluttering
  • Constructing rat-proofing structures such as sealing entry points
  • Early prevention program includes chemical treatment and trapping


4 basic strategies for controlling COCKROACHES:

  • Prevention with structural modifications
  • Sanitation by denying food, water, and shelter
  • Trapping that serves as a monitoring device
  • Chemical treatment to reduce population


Guideline for controlling FLEAS:

  • Treating all pets and their environments (indoor & outdoor)
  • Physical removal is possible as many fleas can be treated with vacuuming and steam cleaning
  • Outdoor cleanup such as mowing, decluttering, and removing organic debris
  • Chemical application to heavily infested source points


Guideline for controlling FLIES:

  • Sanitation by denying food and breeding sites
  • Physical barriers through a physical barrier (screening)
  • Trapping using an Insect Light Trap
  • Chemical treatments such as Fogging and Baiting


Reduce risk for subterranean TERMITE attack:

  • Eliminate wood contact with the ground
  • Prevent moisture accumulation near the house foundation
  • Remove wood clutters from the foundation
  • Treated structured by a professional pest controller


Reducing MOSQUITO population:

  • Preventing breeding sites such as water retention, clogged gutters and managing water features
  • Organize a community-level control
  • Treat larval and adults differently