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Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an effective and economical approach to controlling most lawns and landscape pest problems that combines a wide range of proven pest control tactics.
IPM is a more environmentally friendly approach to pest control than traditional spray everything methods. Even though IPM does include the careful and targeted use of pesticides, these treatments are applied only when and where insects or disease have become a problem. It doesn't make sense to try to be completely pest-free Besides being almost impossible to achieve, the eradication approach requires a lot more pesticides. It almost always destroys insects and bacteria that are beneficial and even essential for good, long-term plant health.
Instead, we strive for pest control that is intelligent, efficient, economical and balanced. In addition to using good cultural practices (in watering, mowing, pruning, etc.), the basic components of IPM include:
PREVENTION: Selecting plants that normally do well in the area gives them a big advantage in naturally resisting pest invasions and damage
INSPECTION: Scheduled visits to check for brown patches, wilted plans, other signs of damage and actual pest presence.
IDENTIFICATION: Once a pest or its damage is found, we have to be sure we know what kind it is. There are thousands of insect varieties and many are beneficial. This step can be easy or hard. Grubs are easy to spot, while diseases can be a real puzzle. Good identification is the essential first step to good control.
TREATMENT: When treatment is necessary, we encourage you to use all of the tools available, including watering, good mowing habits and aeration (which opens the soil and thatch layer). If a large and damaging population of insects is present, control treatments will also be recommended.
EVALUATION: With you help, we check how effective our program has been and decide if additional or possibly different efforts might be needed.
Because it keeps plants healthier with fewer chemicals, IPM is the most environmentally sound approach to professional pest management.
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