In the last post I talked about the first two steps of Green Pest Management (GPM) — inspections and removal of food and harborage. GPM combines prevention and monitoring techniques with a prudent approach to pesticides to render a more responsible, yet highly effective solution. Today I’ll cover the last three steps.

Step 3. Exclusion. During the inspection process, your Pest Management Professional will identify specific areas of vulnerability to pest invasion and create a customized plan for controlling and eliminating any problems without introducing unnecessary chemicals and hazards. Your PMP will maintain a vigilant effort to remove or seal points of entry into your home and keep them sealed. He will help you identify situations such as high moisture areas, overhanging branches or debris piles – which could attract pests or provide pathways into your home. This ongoing service has a major impact on keeping your home from becoming an attractive living site for insects, termites and other pests.

Step 4. Judicious usage of pesticides. Even after a thorough assessment of conditions, development of a management plan and creation of a “pest proofing” program, there may be the need to eliminate an existing infestation. Because in GPM, pesticide product application is just one part of an effective multi-faceted program, it can be performed with restraint and focus. This means only those pesticides necessary to address your specific problem will be used and only in the locations and quantities necessary. And as much as possible, these products will be specially selected for lower toxicity to people, pets, nontarget pests and the environment in general.

Step 5. Monitoring. The final part of GPM is an ongoing monitoring program to ensure that your home maintains conditions that discourage pests and to identify the presence of pests before they become full-blown infestations.

If you’re concerned about pests in your home or place of business and want a “Green” approach, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.