Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices
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IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls.
Set Action Thresholds, Monitor and Identify Pest, Prevention, Control
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Residential Pest Control

 

At Ecotec, we take an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to all your pest control problems.  Common sense is always the first step.  Our name says it all; we strive to remain ecologically sensitive and technologically advanced (ECOTEC)!

What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

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The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast,organicfood production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

How do IPM programs work?

IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, clients who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach. The four steps include:

Set Action Thresholds

Before taking any pest control action, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will either become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.

Monitor and Identify Pests

Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not really needed or that the wrong kind of pesticide will be used.

Prevention

As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop, lawn, or indoor space to prevent pests from becoming a threat. In an agricultural crop, this may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective and cost-efficient and present little to no risk to people or the environment.

Control

Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, and preventive methods are no longer effective or available, IPM programs then evaluate the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying of non-specific pesticides is a last resort.

Ecotec Pest is certified, licensed and insured in the following categories:3213-l.jpg<

Structural Pests- Using pesticides to control general household pests (other than wood-destroying pests), fabric pests, and stored product pests.  These include many of the pests identified on our home page as well as the occasional invaders that most hotels, homeowners and restaurants are not familiar with. 

Vertebrate Pest- Using pesticides to control rodents, birds, bats, and other vertebrates that invade structures including the occasional skunks.

Ornamental & Turf Pests   Using pesticides in ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf to control invertebrates, plant diseases, nematodes, and other similar pests.

Ornamental & Turf Weeds    Using pesticides in ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf to control weeds.

Turf and Landscape Management- With over 25 years of golf course management experience and Class ‘A’ Membership in the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America; Ecotec has dealt with just about every turf and landscape issue imaginable