Why would you buy old fashioned pesticide-centric pest control service that is typified by a technician spraying chemicals preemptively when, for the same price, you can have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program tailored to your business that will control insects and rodents just as well, or better, with reduced pesticide residues and less contamination of non-target surfaces?
Landmark IPM emphasizes the control of insects and rodents with the least possible harm to the environment or human health. It encourages chemical-free pest control measures such as structural exclusion, and habitat modification to control pests. Landmark’s targeted IPM methods reduce exposure to pesticides and are quickly replacing old-fashioned pesticide-centric pest control as the preferred, modern service.
The Department of Entomology at the University of North Carolina has conducted studies comparing differences in amounts of time required, cost, materials used, and efficacy of these two service types. What they found is that the IPM method generates significantly less pesticide residues and contamination of non-target surfaces and it is a viable and preferable alternative to old-fashioned pest control. As a research-based pest control firm, Landmark Pest Management uses this and other study data to inform our green pest control practices.
Landmark’s Integrated Pest Management program seals pests out and prevents infestations by first relying on pesticide-free strategies designed to stop insects and rodents before they become a problem. Landmark introduces pesticide-free methods including insect light traps, air curtains, barriers, screens, sealant, door sweeps, pheromone traps, insect traps, vacuuming, sanitation and the removal of food and harborage.
Landmark’s targeted methods reduce exposure to pesticides. Our preferred green methods include effective natural products such as silica, dust formulations applied to inaccessible wall voids, and targeted bait gels applied to cracks-and-crevices.
IPM allows for the use of pesticides as long as the following criteria are met:
- Pesticides must not be the default treatment or the first line of treatment for an insect or rodent problem.
- The removal of access to food, water, warmth, and harborage must be performed to reduce reliance on pesticides and rodenticides.
- Structural improvements such as sealing gaps, cracks, and crevices must be performed to reduce reliance on pesticides and rodenticides.
- When products need to be applied, the use of targeted applications such as bait gels and dusts applied to inaccessible wall voids must be the preferred method of application.
- The application of pesticides may take place only after every other economically feasible means of reducing pest damage has been employed.
- When a pesticide needs to be used, only the mildest available product may be applied, in the most targeted fashion possible, and in the lowest effective dose.
- With adequate correction of structural deficiencies and rodent trapping, most rodent problems should be able to be well controlled without the use of rodenticide baits. When rodenticide baits are used as a knock-down agent for the immediate control of severe rodent problems, structural exclusion and rodent trapping must take place in conjunction with their use to reduce reliance on rodenticides over time, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for rodenticides, since rodenticides may have the undesirable potential of reaching non-target species such as birds of prey and other wildlife.