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

How does Integrated Pest Management work?

IPM is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, people who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach.

  1. Set Action Thresholds
    Before taking any action to control a pest, IPM first sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is