IPM for Allergy-Friendly Pest Control

Using Integrated Pest Management for allergy-friendly pest control in Seattle WA - United Pest Solutions

Some pests can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, which is why pest control is an important part of keeping your indoor air clean and safe for the whole family. However, some pest control techniques – particularly ones that rely on the heavy use of harsh chemicals – can also negatively impact your air quality. That’s why here at United Pest Solutions, we use Integrated Pest Management (also known as IPM) techniques for an environmentally responsible and allergy-friendly approach to pest control.

What Is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management is a pest control technique that addresses the root cause of the pest problem to get rid of infestations quickly and effectively while also preventing future outbreaks. IPM uses five main steps:

  1. Inspection: A thorough inspection of your property will allow the exterminators to find pests while also identifying any areas of the home that could be leading to your pest problem. Routine inspections are also an important part of IPM, even if you are not actively noticing pests; having a professional regularly examine your home can prevent infestations from beginning in the first place.
  2. Identification: If the exterminator notices any signs of pests in or near your home, they will identify which pest you are dealing with to create a plan that is tailored to the habits of the specific critter you’re dealing with. Proper identification will help the professional remove the pests quickly and effectively without harming other organisms.
  3. Establishing thresholds: Different pests come with different sets of issues. Termites can cause serious financial problems by damaging your home; bed bugs and rodents can lead to health issues; ants can contaminate food sources and become a major nuisance. Establishing your threshold allows pest control professionals to create a plan with the right size, scope, and intensity for your goals.
  4. Two or more control methods: The right treatment plan generally involves multiple methods to eliminate pests while preventing more from getting inside. From removing leaf litter and sealing cracks in your home to placing traps or strategically using pest control products, there are a lot of different techniques that can come together to create a solution that is right for your needs.
  5. Evaluate for success: IPM doesn’t stop when the pests are gone. Instead, it’s an ongoing process that keeps your home pest-free and protected from future infestations. By treating the root cause of the problem and performing regular preventative inspections, IPM is able to keep your space safe long-term without relying on the heavy use of pesticides every time an outbreak occurs.

Is IPM Allergy-Friendly?

If you or your family suffers from allergies or asthma, IPM could be a good pest control solution for you. Not only does IPM only use pesticides as a last resort, but our professionals also create personalized plans based on the needs of your household. So, if you are concerned about allergy or asthma attacks, our experts can create a treatment plan that focuses on other methods of prevention or elimination to keep your home pest-free, safely. If you have any questions about how IPM works or if you need allergy-friendly pest control, contact one of our professionals today!

Using Integrated Pest Management in Your Home

United Pest Solutions in Seattle WA talks about what Integrated Pest Management is and why it's important for pest control.
United Pest Solutions in Seattle WA talks about what Integrated Pest Management is and why it's important for pest control.
IPM is a team effort between homeowners and pest control professionals.

One of the best ways you can prevent pests, like rodents and spiders, from entering your home is by Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management often called IPM, is a green approach to preventing and controlling pests. When using IPM, homeowners and pest control companies work together as a team to control pests.

What is IPM?

IPM consists of five parts:

  1. Inspection: Routine home inspections will help to find pests and identify any potential areas where a pest can gain access.
  2. Identification: Different pests have different habits. IPM starts with correctly identifying which pests are sighted so that they can be removed without harming other organisms.
  3. Establishing Thresholds: Is a pest’s presence a nuisance, economic threat or health hazard? Every customer may have a different threshold, and it is important for IPM, because it helps focus the size, intensity, and scope of a plan.
  4. Two or More Control Methods: Often the right treatment is a combination of methods, from sealing cracks and crevices to removing leaf litter, to utilizing pest control products.
  5. Evaluate for Success: IPM is an ongoing process, so constantly checking your property for pest activity will help protect against an infestation and help to get rid of any existing ones.

How Does IPM Work?

Integrated Pest Management focuses on stopping pests before they invade your home. IPM relies on the commitment of homeowners and pest control technicians working together as a team.

Instead of just eliminating a pest, with IPM, environmental factors are considered and used to determine the best course to take to prevent or get rid of pests. This can include:

  • Sealing cracks/crevices
  • Keeping counters/floors clean
  • Using sealed containers for human food and pet food
  • Using sealed containers for trash
  • Keeping wood piles stored away from your home
  • Reducing clutter
  • Trimming tree branches and plants

With IPM, prevention is just as important as treatment. An experienced pest control professional can help identify any vulnerable points in your home or office and provide protective measures including capping your chimney and installing screens.

Advantages of Using Integrated Pest Management

There are several benefits to using IPM including:

Environmentally-Friendly

IPM techniques involve sustainable methods
Less pest control products used also doesn’t affect your soil

Safer

IPM focuses on applying other interventions before using pest control products
Minimizes chemical exposure for family and pets

Cost-Saving

Using products often may eventually lead to high costs

Fewer Pests

Using best practices and creating an environment that doesn’t invite pests, will lead to fewer pests in the long-term

If you’re interested in implementing Integrative Pest Management, contact your local pest control company. They understand pests and their habits. They’ll not only help with your prevention measures but will also provide you with highly-effective treatment options.