Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic approach to managing pests, focusing on long-term prevention or suppression with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms. IPM incorporates all reasonable measures to prevent pest problems by properly identifying pests, monitoring populations, and utilizing cultural, physical, biological or chemical pest population management methods to reduce pests to acceptable levels.

Good Science + Good Sense = Good environment

Pests need food, water and shelter to survive. Eliminating or reducing these resources provides an environment that supports fewer pests. The following are suggested best practices that everyone should employ to help control pests in offices, lunch rooms and break areas.

  • Do not leave food and beverages out on tables or desks.
  • Food should be stored in a sealed rigid container, preferably in a refrigerator.
  • Promptly clean up spills and periodically wipe down surfaces and under equipment.
  • Empty and wash coffee cups and utensils after every use.
  • Tie your garbage bag and bring it to a central trash receptacle at the end of each day.
  • Clean the inside of your garbage can, if necessary, before placing a new bag into the can.
  • Refrigerator should be kept clean and periodically emptied of outdated food.
  • Toaster and microwave ovens should be kept clean. Empty the crumb tray and clean regularly.
  • Recyclable bottles and cans should be rinsed before disposal.
  • Maintain plants in offices. Be careful not to overwater and inspect them often for pests.
  • Windows should be closed if no screens are present.
  • Doors should remain closed and have door sweeps present to exclude pests.
A Few Doís and Doníts
  • Do not apply any pesticides yourself!
  • Do not tamper with glue boards, bait stations, traps or other pest control products that have been applied by a certified technician.
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