General Pest Prevention

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

How to Prevent General Pest Infestations Through IPM

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General pest prevention, also known in the pest control industry as Integrated Pest Management (IPM), is an old approach to pest control that is successfully being used again. IPM is a holistic approach to pest control that yields multiple benefits to the environment and those who practice because it limits the need for chemicals. The main idea behind IPM is that there are things you can and should do to prevent pest infestations before they begin. has developed this Integrated Pest Management Guide to help you prevent pest infestations with a limited use of products. Read the following articles for more information about each step of the process:

  1. Prepare
  2. Inspect
  3. Treat
If you have problems with common household pests such as ants, cockroaches, fleas, spiders, rodents, or simply desire to prevent future infestations from occurring, there are great benefits to be had from following these basic methods of a General pest prevention program.

Many pest problems can be controlled by making changes to the infested areas. For instance, if a home had a major problem with rodents and you were consistently baiting or trapping and removing dead rodents, it would stand to reason that perhaps new rodents were able to gain entry into the home easily. It could be that tree branches were hanging low and touching the roof of the house or perhaps they were gaining entry through doors or windows that were left open. If you followed the steps listed on the following tabs you would most likely gain control of the rodent population in your home and prevent the rodents from entering again in the future.

Here is a list of some basic things you can do to practice good IPM:
  • Clean out clogged gutters.
  • Trim bushes and trees away from the house.
  • Remove heavy mulch buildup.
  • Ensure that the property irrigation system is managed properly.
  • Use sticky traps and live catch traps to monitor and catch pests.
  • Keep any kind of moisture buildup away from the foundation of your home.
  • Seal off pest entry points, including cracks and gaps under garage doors, around windows, etc..
  • Eliminate clutter indoors. Get rid of places for pests to hide but cutting down on clutter inside, particularly in basements, attics, crawl spaces, garages, and storage areas. Staying on top of this before the height of pest populations will make it a lot easier prevent pest problems.
  • Maintain general cleanliness and sanitation standards around and in the home.
Pro Tip

We recommend starting monthly insecticide applications using the highest recommended usage rate in early August continue through November or the first frost. Keeping overwintering pests out of your structure will require well timed insecticide applications as well as utilizing the sanitation and exclusion practices outlined in our IPM Guide.

Certain pests are considered “overwintering pests”. Overwintering pests do not actually infest structures but they do move in to survive the winter. Overwintering pests are not known to reproduce indoors or causes structural damage and will try to leave when warm temperatures return. Cluster flies, stink bugs, Asian lady beetles, kudzu bugs and box elder bugs are all examples of overwintering pests.

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