How to Get the Service You Need to Protect Your Family from Exposure to Pesticides
How do you know if you’re receiving IPM Services from your pest control company-- by asking the right questions and letting the company know what you want. If the company you have hired can’t provide least-toxic alternatives, then you should find one that does. We’ve created a number of fact sheets that will help you obtain the services you want. An educated customer is a first line of defense against unnecessary pesticide exposure.
This fact sheet outlines the basics of IPM.
How Do I Know I’m Receiving IPM?
This fact sheet will guide you to a productive relationship with your pest control professional and provide tools for monitoring their services and ensuring your health.
How to Hire an IPM Contractor
This fact sheet has the right questions to ask to identify good pest management providers.
This fact sheet is intended to help you incorporate IPM specifications into an existing pest management contract.
IPM is better at reducing cockroaches than spraying pesticides
Recent research conducted in New York City public housing found that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) was more effective at reducing and controlling cockroaches than spraying pesticides. In apartments treated once with IPM, the number of cockroaches declined by 75% over three months and 88% over six months. In contrast, apartments receiving traditional exterminator visits every three to six months had slightly more cockroaches after six months.
Previous research has shown IPM to be effective, but this is the first study to show that a single low-cost treatment to address the underlying source of pests can be more effective than repeated professional pesticide applications. In addition to reducing cockroaches, this method reduced allergen and pesticide exposure for children and adult residents. As a result, this cost-effective treatment method may improve residents’ long-term health by reducing their exposure to unhealthy allergens and chemicals that can lead to asthma and other health problems.
Download our factsheets at the right to learn more about IPM. Visit our Schools, Childcare, or Residential pages to find out how to implement this safer and more effective method of pest control.
Source: Environmental Health News