How Do I Begin to Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) In My Home

 

Introduction to Home Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

How do you begin to use Integrated Pest Management in your home? We suggest that you begin with exclusion and then move on to the other tasks (methods of IPM) listed below. Each plays an intimate role in aiding in the elimination and prevention of pests.

Keeping Pests Outside By Using Exclusion Methods

  • Exclusion refers to blocking entry points for pests such as caulking around windows, making sure door sweeps are tightly

Tick Prevention

Introduction

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

When a tick feeds it takes up whole blood, extracts the
water (about 70-75% volume) and injects the water back
into the host. For this reason, they are efficient vectors
of a variety of disease causing organisms such as bacteria,
spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes,
and toxins. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens
as well as creating secondary infections and allergic
reactions. Ticks therefore are the most common transmitters
of vector-borne disease

How to prevent spiders coming into your home

 

Door threshold.

Spiders are predators that feed on insects and other arthropods. Most often they are quite beneficial to our environment, and are harmless. In the United States,  about 6,000 species have been identified and only two groups occasionally are harmful to humans. Recluse and widow spiders have been associated with significant pathology and very rare reports of death.

First we are going to talk about the types of venomous spiders that you might encounter in the North America, then you

How to Bug Proof Your Home from Bed Bugs

Blood filled bed bug on human skin.

Introduction

A single bed bug on human skin.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans, rodents and other animals. These insects are capable of transmitting certain disease causing organisms. They also inject saliva during feeding which can produce large itchy swellings on the skin, and these areas may become infected when scratched. In addition, bed bugs have stink glands that create odors and they also leave fecal spots on bed sheets.

Prevention

  1. Launder all bedding routinely (even comforters and

How to Keep Crickets Out of Your Home

Cricket Management

There is no single, perfect solution for the management of crickets, but a combination of the following suggestions will help to reduce populations.

First determine if there are enough crickets currently present or damage apparent to warrant management; everyone has a different tolerance and only you can determine how many crickets are “too many”. Vacuum up cricket frass (poop), and monitor how rapidly it accumulates in corners and sheltered areas outside. This will allow you to assess the