What is IPM?
MASSACHUSETTS INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT COUNCIL’S DEFINITION OF IPM:
IPM is a systematic strategy for managing pests which considers prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression. Where chemical pesticides are necessary, a preference is given to materials and methods which maximize public safety and reduce environmental risk.
Advantage Pest Control uses IPM every day, here are some ways you can use IPM at home:
– Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
– Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans. Remove garbage regularly from your home.
– Fix leaky plumbing and don’t let water accumulate anywhere in or around the home. Don’t let water collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator. Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.
– Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them. Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.
– Close off places where pests can enter and hide. For example, caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards. Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes. Cover any holes with wire mesh.
– Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.
– Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.