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 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
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).
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.
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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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.
Research shows IPM is effective and economical:
95% reduction in cockroach infestation and allergen
contamination in low-income housing after initiation of
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
30% decrease in public building and grounds pest
management costs when one city switched to IPM in 1996.4
- Environmental Health Watch's
Collaboration with Cuyahogo Housing Authority
Demonstrates the Difference Integrated Pest
Management Can Make. IPM Case Study. EPA.
- Green A., Breisch N. L 2002. J
Econ. Entomol. 95:1. 1-13
- 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.
- Washington State Department of
Ecology. 1999, Citing U.S. EPA. 1998. The City of