Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management is the practice of using the minimum effective dose  of chemicals. Over spring is a common problem in the pest control profession. But over spraying chemicals can kill beneficial Wildlife including insects and plants which can help to naturally control pest problems. Further, these chemicals can eventually lead into our water supply and contaminate drinking water. Philadelphia pest professionals, we believe in taking a long-term approach to pest control that is both environmentally conscious and sensitive to your needs as a homeowner or business owner.

What is IPM

Integrated Pest Management is a 4 pronged approach to Pest Control that focuses on long-term Solutions. It includes removing pest through a variety of techniques where pesticides are only one of the four prongs. Pesticides are specifically used to remove the target organism that has been identified as the problem. The pesticides are also applied in a way that is environmentally conscious and designed to reduce the risk to humans.

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How Integrated Pest Management Works

Integrated Pest Management is a type of pest control that leverages responsibility and sustainability. The goal of this style of pest control is to minimize the risk to humans and pets by using more than just chemicals to control pest problems.

Examples of integrated Pest Management may include things like caulking cracks in Windows, putting door sweeps on Doors, replacing screens, and taking other measures to prevent insects or rodents from entering your home.

This approach to Pest Control helps reduce the need for more extreme levels of pest control as well as preserves and natural environment and reduces the use of chemicals.

Below are the four prongs of integrated Pest Management.

biological pest control


The biological arm of IPM involves using natural plants and insects to help control harmful insects that want to into your home and create problems. A good example of biological Pest Control would be introducing ladybugs into your garden to eat the aphids. While we don’t plant the plants for you, we can point you in the proper direction.

cultural pest control


Cultural Pest Control involves teaching you about the things that will draw pests and rodents to your home. Leveraging this branch of IPM means becoming educated on properly removing or storing trash, appropriate watering practices, and several other factors that reduce the number of habitats pests can make on your property. Your Pest Control technician will provide advice on how to properly implement.


Mechanical Pest Control is where we use things like traps 2 directly Target a pest. For example, a cage to capture a feral cat or a mousetrap would both be examples of mechanical Pest Control.

chemical pest control


Chemical Pest Control is the actual use of chemicals to Target pests, exterminate them, and keep them at Bay. At Philadelphia pest professionals, we use standard High potency pest control chemicals as well as green options that are child and pet friendly. We are also conscious of where we spray, and how much we spray so that we are only using the amount needed to kill the pests. Over spraying is a common problem and the pest control industry and over time it can lead to many negative effects on the environment. This can include risk to both humans and pets as well as over-spray leaching into our water supply.

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