IPM ensures that we take advantage of all appropriate pest management options, not just the automatic and arbitrary application of pesticides on a routine basis. This means that our technicians are trained to look for the root causes of pest problems and develop non-chemical control strategies that are sustainable, rather than simply “spraying and praying” as a quick fix.
Implementing a custom tailored IPM Program for our customers allows us to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the application of pesticides altogether. Through our knowledge of pest biology and structural environments, along with recommendations, education, dialogue, and repeated monitoring, we offer a smarter and safer approach to pest management.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines IPM as an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
At Paramount, IPM means Green Pest Management and we have expounded on the definition set forth by the EPA in our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to read as follows:
“Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring and record-keeping to determine if and when treatments are needed. It employs a combination of strategies and tactics to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance. Biological, cultural, physical, mechanical, educational, and chemical methods are used in site-specific combinations to solve the pest problem. Chemical controls are used only when needed and in the least-toxic formulation that is effective against the pest. Educational strategies are used to enhance pest prevention and to build support for the IPM program.”
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?