Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for Commercial Businesses
We are proud to use our Commercial IPM practices for your business. Our goal is to keep your building pest free, occupants safe and minimize any operational impact due to pests. To start, lets explain what IPM really is. IPM is a process that we, as pest management professionals, go through in determining the best course of action in resolving your specific pest problem with an emphasis on using the least amount of chemicals to achieve the desired results.
Once a business encounters a pest problem, our IPM process involves taking the following steps:
What is the target pest that is causing the problem?
- Proper pest identification is the critical first step in determining an IPM program
Insect Biology, Habitat and Breeding Cycles.
- Once the correct pest is identified, then we need to understand the biological aspects of the insect as they relate to the pest problem that is occurring in your business.
Where is the pest causing the problem?
- Are the pests on the interior or the exterior of the facility?
- Are we talking about one ant or a colony of ants?
What, if any, are the conductive conditions that may have caused the pest problem to occur?
- Standing water
- Trash debris around the structure
- Clogged drains
- Attractive conditions
- Trees overhanging the structure
- Unkept landscaping
- Improper storage practices
- Food Sources
Are there any structural deficiencies?
- Gaps in building
- Opens doors/windows
- Gaps under doors
- Gaps around pipes
- Missing screens/vent covers
- Holes in the building/masonry
- Other structural problems?
Are there any sanitation conditions?
- Trash management practices
- Condition of receptacles
- Proximity to the structure
Are there any operational processes that are causing or contributing to the pest problem?
- Delivery practices
- Spoiled food product
- Improper storage practices
Acceptable pest thresholds based upon areas.
- This step is critical and often overlooked. A pest threshold is what type and number of pests in a given area dictate what action is taken. For example, one roach in a food manufacturing equipment would be one too many. However, one roach on the exterior of the facility may be an acceptable threshold. Area and number of pests must be evaluated and discussed with the client.
- A process of recording pest activity and location is critical in establishing a pest management plan.
Taking all the above criteria into consideration, a specific pest program is designed for your commercial business. In most cases, several pest control processes are combined to establish the best pest control program to achieve the desired result for the client prior to automatically using pesticides as the first step. The use of chemicals is only one method amongst several that are utilized to control pests. Our commercial IPM program is currently used in many different industries and types of businesses; everything from retail settings to commercial properties, from warehouses to restaurants and more.
When utilizing the Alliance Pest Services IPM Program, all the above information is evaluated, discussed and documented, including pest sighting logs, all material labels and MSDS and best practices for your establishment to remain pest free.