Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Practice
Integrated Pest Management Within Professional Relationships, Certifications And In The Field
A “Greener” NYC Requires IPM Specialists
First and foremost, when it comes to Integrated Pest Management, NYC needs to be considered as a very special environment. New York City has so many people, and animals living in such close proximity to one another it is easy to see how pest management efforts need careful monitoring, planning and execution in the “greenest” ways possible. This is where JP McHale’s commitment to the IPM philosophy proves to be invaluable to creating environmentally conscious solutions. By consulting with IPM specialists like Urban Entomologist and Rodentologist Dr. Jill Gordon, JP McHale is able to effectively create the most informed and ecologically sensitive plans for pest management in New York City. According to Dr Gordon: “The idea of integrating many approaches to achieve manageable levels of pest populations is the basis of a good IPM program.” Given such expert consideration, we can take the proper steps toward implementing very effective programs for green pest control in NYC.
Professional Certifications and IPM
Along with expert consultation, JP McHale also implements IPM through its professional certifications such as its Certified Green Pro designation. By completing such programs, JP McHale gains valuable knowledge and credit in specific applications of IPM in areas such as LEED certified pest control services. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a third party certification program administered through Certified Green Pro that trains and certifies companies like JP McHale in IPM practices applied to green building methods. This aids us in our ability to assess structural harborage sites and create solutions, for example for businesses seeking to proactively eliminate pest issues during pre-construction of commercial sites.
Implementation of IPM in The Field
Taking into consideration professional certification, and expert consultation, JP McHale’s approach to IPM then integrates many tactics into a logical program of monitoring, identifying, preventing, and controlling pests. The following are specific examples of how IPM is implemented in the field:
SANITATION: Proper sanitation is not only necessary for the prevention of pest problems; it is a means of eliminating existing infestations. The removal of food and water sources stresses pest populations, making traps and baits more effective. Proper grounds and building maintenance reduces pest harborage and food sources, which JP McHale recommends for example, in pest control for NYC parks.
MECHANICAL CONTROL: Mechanical control involves the use of traps, barriers, door sweeps, mechanical exclusion (screening), air currents, manipulation of environmental factors (temperature, humidity), and proper building maintenance. In the case of pest control for schools or institutions, for example, JP McHale can direct faculty members to address these tasks in order to prevent pest activity.
CULTURAL CONTROL: This involves changing the habits or behaviors of people to reduce infestations. An example would be changing cleaning schedules so that food debris is cleaned up daily or keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible to keep flies out. This is very effective, for example in restaurant and hotel pest control efforts.
HARBORAGE REDUCTION OR ELIMINATION: This involves proper storage practices (i.e. all storage off the ground and at least 18 inches away from the walls). Shrubs and vegetation need to be closely trimmed and well kept. Pests (especially rodents) will hide behind clutter and in high vegetation, drawing them closer to the structure where they may migrate indoors.
CHEMICAL CONTROL: The judicious use of pesticides may constitute a portion of control options. Using IPM philosophy, pesticides are carefully reviewed for their appropriateness and are selected on as-needed basis and as a last option.
When it comes to Integrated Pest Management, NYC represents a wide range of possibilities and challenges, and JP McHale’s strategy works on many levels in response to this. Whether it’s partnering with specialists, furthering our own expertise, or taking this knowledge into the field, IPM defines our whole process, philosophy, and commitment. We, in turn, pass that on to our customers and community. Look for more on IPM and it’s effectiveness on specific pests in coming blog posts.
JP McHale specializes in providing superior pest management services to commercial facilities in the New York City metropolitan area. We are a family-owned and operated company that was founded with the mindset of providing a superior pest management service to our commercial customers by providing unparalleled attention to detail, pro-active communication, overall professionalism, and customer support.