Integrated Pest Management

For Metro New Orleans & The Gulf Coast from Fischer Environmental Services

Is your organization or business looking for an integrated pest management program in metro New Orleans or the Gulf Coast? Fischer Environmental Services provides full service commercial pest control services including IPM for businesses, organizations and government entities throughout our service area.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management may sound like a jargon-y name for good old fashioned pest control, but it’s actually a customized, ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention. Based on both common sense and scientific principle, IPM is designed to be safe, environmentally friendly, and of course, effective.

Initially, IPM was developed to improve agricultural pest control. Today, it’s become the system of choice for schools, public buildings, and outdoor spaces (like parks, golf courses, and community gardens), as well as in commercial and residential buildings. Despite its popularity, most pest control companies only offer chemical-based treatments – for true IPM, look for experts who understand all aspects of pest control.

Each Integrated Pest Management plan is unique to the location and goals of your property. This results in the most cost-effective, safest, and most environmentally friendly pest control available. For the most effective long-term pest management, a customized IPM strategy is well worth the investment.

How is Integrated Pest Management Different?

Traditional pest control focuses on the routine application of pesticides. Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, focuses on prevention, using pesticides only when needed. Although it can be labor intensive, the health, environmental, and cost benefits stack up in the long run.

Using inspections, monitoring, and reports, IPM combines various pest control methods to create a site-specific program for prevention and control. With IPM, we can tailor a program to address your specific trouble spots.

Successful IPM programs use a four-tiered implementation strategy:

  1. Identify and Monitor Pests

Correct pest identification is crucial to determine treatment, as well as preventing the removal of beneficial organisms.

Monitoring pests involves a regular inspection schedule, record-keeping, and recommendations based on what the inspection turns up. By regularly checking for pests, areas that may attract pests, and the success of current methods, IPM’s goal is to stay one step ahead.

  1. Set Action Thresholds

Defining action thresholds is different for every IPM plan. Depending on your goals, (for example is it a nuisance, health hazard, or economic threat), we monitor the affected areas and take action to eliminate pests once they begin to create a threat.

  1. Prevent Pests

Prevention is a big part of IPM. There are many simple ways you can prevent pests, and our training helps your staff learn ways to keep pests away before they become a nuisance. SOme prevention activities include:

  • Reduce clutter
  • Seal cracks and other ways indoors (broken screens, weatherstripping, etc.)
  • Remove trash
  • Tri back overgrown plants and vegetation
  • Keeping food storage and dining areas clean
  • Pest barriers
  • Remove all standing water
  • Education
  1. Control Pests

When pests are detected above the action threshold, it’s time to take action to eliminate them. IMP uses the lowest risk, most effective options. We embrace all methods, including:

Another important part of IPM is documenting preventative and treatment activities for a record of what works, when certain pests appear, and what problem areas need extra attention. Besides record-keeping, a good IPM program should document non-chemical options and recommendations for preventing future pest problems. 

Health Benefits

Integrated Pest Management has many health benefits. Rodents, cockroaches, and dust mites are all common, and can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms in both children and adults. At the same time, pesticides can also cause health issues.

By balancing prevention and treatment, IPM protects the people in your facility from both pest-based allergens and over-exposure to pesticides. In fact, more than 53 million children and 6 million adults spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private schools in the U.S. The EPA recommends IPM, which provides an opportunity to create a safer learning environment –  reducing children’s exposure to pesticides as well as eliminating allergy-causing pests. 

Economic Benefits

Integrated Pest Management may be more labor intensive than conventional pest control and often requires more resources up front. The good news is, costs get lower over time once the the underlying cause of the pest problem has been treated.

IPM practices also creates other savings. For example, weatherization of your building not only keeps pests out, but also saves energy and decreases moisture problems.

Every Integrated Pest Management Program is Unique

If you’d like to put together an IPM plan for your business, rental property, restaurant, school, or even just your home, contact us to discuss options. We can develop a site-specific plan that eliminates pests, prevents future incursions, and saves money in the long run.