Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Using your brains to solve pest problems and minimizing health risks that come with chemicals

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a combination of pest prevention and management techniques involving little to no toxic chemicals or pesticides. IPM is useful for both indoor and outdoor pests as well as garden pests and weeds. Successful IPM strategies include both landlord and tenant participation.

What is a pest?

A PEST creature (bug, rodent) that lives in your home and shares disease and discomfort.

 What steps can you take on your own?
  • Don't leave food laying around where it might attract pests. That includes pet food.
  • Report pest entrances. examples... under entry doors, cracks around windows, holes in walls, floors and ceiling
  • Don't bring pests home!
  • Clean up spills and standing water promptly.
  • Report water problems in your unit. Is it damp under the kitchen sink?
  • Control clutter where pests can hide on the floor or on counter tops.
  • Report! if you notice pests, report it to your landlord or property manager in writing (keep a copy).
  • Remove trash and garbage from your unit frequently. Dispose of it properly.
  • Talk to your neighbors about pest problems. What are they noticing?
What steps can your landlord take to use IPM to improve your home health?
  • Create an IPM plan and provide orientation and education to tenants as a part of the plan.
  • Use licensed exterminators to apply pesticides and notify tenants that pesticides are in use.
  • Seal cracks, eliminate moisture intrusion or accumulation & add physical barriers to pest entry and movement.
  • Improve waste management (eg. more frequent pickups, more secure garbage bins)

Spencer Wells,
Mar 17, 2012, 8:29 AM