Integrated Pest Management: The Eco-Friendly Approach


Eddie Connor

August 8, 2015

Paint the town red – or green – as we like to say. From installing a recycling system in your home to switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, it seems everyone is going green. At Connor’s, the same effort holds true when it comes to pest control. We respect our region’s animals and wildlife, and our pest control techniques and products are safe for both your family and our environment.  

Our method eliminates the use of chemical alternatives, an essential step when taking a holistic approach towards pest control. Based on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, our systems rely on comprehensive information about pests and their relationship with the environment.

IPM techniques also look at the relationship between pests and the environment. And while some pests require control, some insects are beneficial. Observing the tendencies of certain pests is essential in identifying the potential problems before engaging in their removal. To move forward in your pest control practices, think about incorporating a few friendly mechanical devices.

Stop! It’s a trap.

While the name itself sounds harmful, traps can effectively and efficiently help in removing your pest population in an eco-friendly way.

I’m sure you’ve seen fly lights before, either hanging on your neighbor’s front porch or perched against a wall inside your home. They use ultraviolet lights to attract flying insects, allowing you to gauge the quantity of your flying pest population. Knowing the extent of the infestation is the first step towards taking action.

Sticky boards are exactly as they sound. Used to trap crawling pests, these traps should be placed in unseen areas like storage areas, underneath equipment, and in areas where pests are likely to congregate.

Pheromone traps track the mating activity of pests by counting the number of insects trapped over time. The traps simulate a scent released by the female insect that will encourage the male counterpart to approach. The traps prevent the pests from mating, reducing population growth. 

Be mindful of cracks

Trapping may not always be sufficient in monitoring your pest population. Some pests are easier to target using repellents and insect growth regulators (IGRs). Repellents ward off pests when they come into contact with a substance that damages their exoskeletons. They work best when placed in cracks and gaps around the outside of a home or building. If you’re managing an ant problem, repellents are the way to go.

While repellents prevent ants and other small pests from entering your home, IGRs prevent pests from maturing fully and reproducing. This process is key in stopping the growth of your pest population. Keep in mind that IGRs can harm helpful insects like bees, so in order to reduce harm to other insects, focus on areas that are likely to attract fleas, cockroaches, and mosquitos.

Sealing the deal  

For a long-term solution, facility maintenance is key. Our environmentally friendly practices prevent and ensure breeding grounds are eliminated through subtle modifications to your home. These practices include cleaning gutters, power washing floors, and sealing potential entryways.

Closing off entry ways is a good place to start, but looking inside your home is just as important. Like those sneaky mice, pests are always looking for potential food sources. The most effective way to shoo off unwanted pests is to rid your home or workspace of your leftovers. Be sure to remove any crumbs after eating and eliminate debris in small spaces and hard to reach areas.

Connor’s IPM techniques and practices focus on eliminating your pest population in a safe and eco-friendly way. IPM practices are not only safe for the environment, but for your family and pets as well. Making the decision to “go green” is more than tossing your water bottle in the right bin. Choosing IPM techniques – and Connor’s – will benefit your home and the environment.