INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM KEY IN SCHOOLS
National Pest Management Association Urges Careful Pest Professional Selection
IPM is an environmentally responsible system that is embraced by most pest professionals. It involves managing pests by eliminating their sources of food, water and shelter. Effective IPM requires a thorough understanding of pest biology and habits, and incorporates three steps: inspection, identification and treatment. When conducted by a trained and licensed pest professional, an IPM program can significantly reduce pest populations in and around schools.
A recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that one of the highest reported allergens were cockroaches, with sensitivity occurring in more than 25% of the study population. An IPM program can help to reduce the dangerously high levels of the irritants from the air our children are breathing in schools.”
McCauley Brothers Termite & Pest offers the following tips for finding a qualified pest professional:
- Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, state or local pest management association.
- Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
- Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
- Buy value, not price.