Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management Solutions
From Dugas Pest Control
Are you seeking an integrated pest management program for a southern Louisiana business or organization? Dugas Pest Control provides integrated pest control services in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans & the Northshore for businesses, organizations, and government offices throughout our service area.
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated Pest Management may sound like a complicated system, but it’s actually based on a variety of common sense practices. IPM manages pests on an ongoing basis based on needs and environment. Used for decades in agriculture, IPM is designed to be safe, environmentally friendly, and most important, effective.
Originally, IPM was developed to improve pest control for commercial farmers. Now, it’s become the pest control method of choice for commercial and industrial operations, schools, public buildings, healthcare facilities, food processing facilities and even outdoor spaces (such as parks and golf courses).
Every IPM plan is customized for the location, environment, and goals of your property. By creating a complete plan that responds to your unique environment over time, Dugas Pest Control can offer cost-effective, safe, and environmentally friendly pest control using the latest methods. When it comes to preventing pests and protecting both health and the environment, your customized IPM strategy is well worth the investment.
What Makes Integrated Pest Management Unique?
Integrated Pest Management concentrates on prevention, using pesticides as sparingly as possible. Although IPM may be labor intensive, the health, environmental, and cost benefits stack up in the long run.
Using inspections, monitoring, and reports, IPM combines all the best methods of pest control to build a custom, a site-specific program for prevention and control. With Integrated Pest Management from Dugas, we design a program to solve your unique pest problems.
Successful IPM strategies have four main parts:
1. Identify and Monitor Pests
The first step is to find out what kind of pests you are dealing with. Knowing what pests are a problem in your location allows us to determine the best ways to prevent their intrusion, most effective treatment, and what beneficial activities we can undertake to discourage these pests.
Monitoring pests means maintaining a regular inspection schedule. Based on what you and your staff find on your property, the IPM program is updated and tweaked to ensure responsive pest control. Staying one step ahead of pests means checking up on them!
2. Set Thresholds for Action
Defining action thresholds is different for every IPM plan. Depending on your goals, Dugas monitors affected areas and takes action as needed to eliminate pests if they begin to create a threat.
Staying one step ahead of pests is an important part of IPM. There are lots of simple ways you can prevent pests, and our training helps your team learn how to deter pests before they become a problem.
Start preventing pests now with a few easy steps:
- Reduce clutter
- Seal cracks and other access points (broken screens, weatherstripping, etc.)
- Remove trash
- Trim overgrown plants and vegetation
- Keep food storage and dining areas clean
- Get rid of any standing water
- Educate your staff or crew on pest prevention
4. Confront Pests
If pests are detected, it’s time to get rid of them. Integrated Pest Management uses the most effective, lowest risk options. We embrace all methods, like:
- Physical removal
Documentation of treatments is another important part of IPM. Creating a record of what works, when certain pests appear, and what problem areas need extra attention allows Dugas Pest Control to stay ahead of your needs.
Pesticides can cause health issues, but so can pests. Rodents, cockroaches, and dust mites can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms in both children and adults.
By maintaining a balance between prevention and treatment, Integrated Pest Management protects your staff, visitors, and guests from both pest-based allergens and excessive exposure to pesticides. In fact, the EPA recommends IPM for the safety of the more than 53 million children and 6 million adults who spend a many of their days in more than 120,000 public and private schools in the U.S.
Integrated Pest Management may be more labor intensive than conventional pest control and may require additional resources up front. However, costs get lower over time once the the underlying cause of the pest problem has been treated.
IPM also creates other savings. For example, weatherization not only keeps pests out of your building, but it also saves energy and decreases moisture problems.
Your Integrated Pest Management Program is Unique
If you’d like to create an IPM program for your business, rental property, restaurant, school, or even just your home, contact us to discuss your options. We will work with you to develop a site-specific plan that eliminates pests, prevents future incursions, and saves money in the long run.
Call Dugas Pest Control at (888) 606-9282 to get started using Integrated Pest Management anywhere in our service area including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, the Northshore and Lafayette.