The Progressive IPM Approach: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in sensitive accounts such as healthcare, daycare, schools and some commercial buildings starts with a thorough inspection. When inspecting a sensitive account we use a three-zoned approach. First we inspect areas away form the structure. Many pest infestations will start in areas such as dumpsters, outbuildings and landscaping. Second the perimeter of the building should be inspected for a source of infestation and areas that pests may gain entry into the structure. To complete this three-zoned approach, a thorough multi-level inspection of the interior of the facility is necessary. All areas of the building including attics, basements, crawlspaces and mechanical room should be part of an orderly and Progressive inspection.
Before we can implement our IPM plan, we must identify any pests located during the inspection. Through identification of a target pest we can research its habits, life cycle and biology. This knowledge will guide us in employing control measures.
Control measures can be divided into nonchemical and chemical. Nonchemical measures may include sanitation, mechanical control and exclusion. Mechanical controls may include devices like rodent traps, insectrocutors and air doors. Exclusion relies on the use of sealants, weather strips and screening materials. Chemical control measures should be limited to low impact sprays, baits and aerosols.
Communication and cooperation between the pest management professional and the client is imperative to ensure that control measures are successful. Accurate and complete service records describing current levels of pest activity, materials used and corrective action taken will be completed and signed by the service technician.