Did You Know...?

The 3 primary tactics of IPM are:
  1) Identification
  2) Prevention, and
  3) Control
Pesticides can be an important component of an IPM program, but they cannot be the only component.

Integrated Pest Management

What Is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a collection of pest control strategies and techniques that reduce the reliance on pesticides. Many books say IPM was developed in the 1950's or 1960's. But in fact, IPM has it's roots in the ancient world. Thousands of years ago farmers needed to control pests. Pesticides did not yet exist. Over the centuries many of the IPM tools and techniques we use today were born of necessity. As an example, the ancient Chinese used ants as effective predators of many citrus pests. As early as 1100 A.D. they also discovered the use of soap as a pesticide.

While all pesticides are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and are safe for people, plants and pets if used in according to the directions, we reduce their use whenever possible.

IPM tools and techniques are second nature to Russ Frank, the owner and manager of Florida Bug Inspectors (FBI). Russ has been using IPM strategies and techniques to solve difficult pest control problems for more than 25 years. In addition, he holds every major pesticide certification.

Basic IPM Strategies
Basic strategies in IPM include, monitoring, inspection, exclusion and sanitation. Specific products used in structural IPM include baits and insect growth regulators (IGRs). These products fit well within the IPM strategy as these products usually have a very low toxicity to humans, or they are used in very small quantities. In addition, they are highly effective against pests. When conventional pesticides are used in IPM programs, they are typically used as a last resort. Any pest control program that uses pesticides on a routine basis without a demonstrated need is not IPM. Any pest control program that disregards monitoring, inspection, exclusion and sanitation is not Integrated Pest Management.

Thorough Knowledge of the Pests is Needed
The strategies, techniques and tools used in IPM, are useless without an intimate knowledge of the pests to be controlled. Thorough knowledge of the life cycle, habits and habitat of each pest is needed to make effective use of IPM. Again, Russ has a definite advantage over many in the industry. Practical experience and years of training have prepared Russ for any pest control challenge you may have.

The Goal of IPM
The basic goal of Integrated Pest Management is to control pests while reducing both overall pesticide use. Russ uses the least hazardous pesticides whenever possible and takes special protective measures to minimize the risks associated with pesticide use. At Florida Bug Inspectors, safety is our highest priority.

Do You Need a Solution?
If you need a solution to a pest control problem, contact the expert... contact Russ or call 813-727-4758.

Here's a good article on Integrated Pest Management from the Palm Beach Daily News.

Integrated pest management is a standard part of all pest control services offered by Florida Bug Inspectors. Our services are offered in: Apollo Beach, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Carrollwood, Citrus Park, Drew Park, Egypt Lake, Forest Hills, Gibsonton, Land o' Lakes, Lutz, New Tampa, North Tampa, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Seminole Heights, South Tampa, Sulphur Springs, Seffner, Tampa, Tampa Heights, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Town and Country, USF area, Valrico, Wellswood, Wesley Chapel, Ybor City …and all areas in between.


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