What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. There are 2 types of IPM inspections. The first is an initial, detailed inspection that serves as the starting point for the IPM program. The second type is an ongoing (often-monthly) inspection used to determine if any pests are present and if any pest management action may be needed to control or discourage pests.

1. Inspection: To determine pest presence.

2. Assessment: To determine pest causing the problem.

3. Action: Implementing control strategies to include physical barriers, structural, mechanical, environmental, and last chemical.

4. Re-inspection (monitor): To determine the effectiveness and/or need for additional action.

Integrated Pest Management is best served in Schools, Child Care Facilities, Adult Care Facilities, Healthcare Facilities, and Low or Non-Chemical Exposure Environments.