November 28, 2012
Small household pests are no small problem. TheÂ National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns families that cockroaches are a leading triggerÂ of allergies and asthma attacks. The pests’ saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies containÂ allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms,Â especially in children. Small rodents can chew through electrical wiring, increasing the potentialÂ risk of fire. And ants, which are not only unsightly, can contaminate food.
One of the best ways homeowners and pest professionals can work together to prevent andÂ control pest infestations is to employ a method called Integrated Pest Management, also referred toÂ as IPM.Â IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for controlling pests. TheÂ focus is upon finding the best strategy for a pest problem,Â and not merely the simplest. Pest professionals never employ a “one-size-fits-all” method in IPMÂ but rather utilize a three-part practice: inspection, identification, and treatment by a pestÂ professional. Treatment options in IPM can vary from proactive measures like sealing cracks andÂ removing food and water sources to reactive measures, such as utilizing pest products, whenÂ necessary.
The “integrated” in Integrated Pest Management does not merely describe theÂ three-part practice of inspection, identification, and treatment. It reflects the joint commitmentÂ between homeowners and pest professionals to stop pests before they invade. The two parties workÂ together to identify the causes and risks of invasions and to devise treatments for when theyÂ do.
When it comes to IPM, prevention can be as important to pest control as treatment. It’sÂ important to find a qualified professional that can identify and point out a home’s vulnerabilitiesÂ and offer prevention tips for homeowners. Here are a few pest prevention techniques in an IPMÂ program:
- Repair any leaky pipes, especially in areas under sinks where pests can often goÂ unnoticed.
- Seal up cracks and holes around pipes and wiring.
- Keep all foods in sealed containers, including pet food.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
- Wipe counters, floors, and other surfaces frequently.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Vacuum often.
If you are experiencing problems with pests in your home, feel free to contact Pest Ops. To schedule an appointment, click here or call (865) 966-0750.