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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.

Through this process, we can significantly reduce and eliminate the use of chemicals pesticides. What’s more, by precision-targeting these stressed populations, our technicians will perform fewer chemical applications.  The end result is smarter and safer applications through our understanding of insect biology and by performing repeated monitoring for pests.

Whether for commercial buildings, residential locations, food service areas, branch offices or retail locations, this system allows us to create programs that provide assurance that the right job has been done.  The key components of IPM are the following:

Education

Education is the first cornerstone of our professional program. We realize the key to our client’s overall satisfaction is directly dependent upon the quality of the people who actually perform the service. At Assured Environment, we continually educate and train our technicians in the most advanced pest management techniques. This provides our clients with the most qualified and experienced Service Specialists to service your facilities.  Sharing our knowledge with our clients is also a key to our success. Knowledgeable clients become a key part of IPM programs and enable a partnership to succeed. The more we all know the more effective we all can be.

Facility Inspection & Audit

Our Custom Pest Management program begins with an intensive inspection of your facility in order to pinpoint problem areas. Our technician can then perform targeted treatments of these locations.

Monitoring Potential Pest Zones

Monitors are hidden in areas throughout your office so that our technician will know where to perform targeted treatments.

Identification of Pests

To understand the nature of the problem while then initiating a solution, we first must identify the
type of pest that is causing the disturbance.  Specific baits may be warranted if a cockroach problem exists. If a liquid or aerosol application is deemed necessary by one of our entomologists, our technicians will perform treatments with the utmost care.  Each pest (action) demands a specific control (reaction).

Customer Consultation

Cooperation or Administrative Support is essential between client, staff and the IPM Specialist. We need to enlist the constant assistance of all people within facilities to identify pest situations and to keep pest conducive conditions at a minimum.

Pest Exclusion

Exclusion is the third cornerstone and focuses on our efforts to keep pests outside. Pests that never get inside can never become
an indoor problem.

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Pesticide Application

Pesticides should be properly selected and applied with the proper equipment, in the right time and in the correct quantities. Chemical treatments should never be the “first line of defense,” nor should they be applied just so the client thinks we are
“doing something.” Many excellent pest management products currently are on the market. Specialists must always use care and follow safety instructions indicated on the labels when using pesticides 

Record Keeping & Pest Management Reports

The technician will fill out a Pest Management Report before leaving your office. These PMR's enable us to advise you about
any sanitation, structural, or construction issues that may affect your pest management program. We will leave a log book in your office so that one of your staff can record any pest problems. These issues will be addressed at the beginning of each service visit.

Benefits

Research shows IPM is effective and economical:

95% reduction in cockroach infestation and allergen contamination in low-income housing after initiation of IPM services.1

93% reduction in pesticide use in federal government buildings by using IPM techniques over 10 years.2

89% reduction in pest complaints and service requests in the same study.

50% reduction in roach populations documented by an IPM intervention in a public housing facility, versus no significant reduction in a control group over six months.3

30% decrease in public building and grounds pest management costs when one city switched to IPM in 1996.4

 

  1. Environmental Health Watch's Collaboration with Cuyahogo Housing Authority Demonstrates the Difference Integrated Pest Management Can Make. IPM Case Study. EPA. www.ehw.org/Asthma/ASTH_ HUDRoach_Sum.htm.
  2. Green A., Breisch N. L 2002. J Econ. Entomol. 95:1. 1-13
  3. Brenner B.L, Markowitz S., Rivera M., Romero H., Weeks M., Sanchez E., Deych E., Garg, A. Godbold J., Wolff M. S., Landrigan P.J., Berkowitz G. 2003. Environmental Health Perspectives. 111:13. 1649-53.
  4. Washington State Department of Ecology. 1999, Citing U.S. EPA. 1998. The City of Santa Mo

 

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