Integrated Pest Management Training

Pestec provides integrated pest management training in residential, commercial, and institutional settings throughout Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. We can provide your staff training on pest prevention, implementing IPM programs, developing IPM plans and a variety of pest specific information. We specialize in proactive bed bug training for residential buildings, commercial spaces and hotels.

Structural Integrated Pest Management provides a variety of benefits to organizations who adopt IPM programs. The key environmental benefit of structural IPM is improved indoor air quality through reduced pesticide-use and the elimination of asthma triggers like cockroaches, mice and other pests. However, there are additional benefits to adopting an IPM program, including:

  • Proactive pest control: IPM prevents pest access and conditions conducive to pest activity while directly involving every pest control stakeholder and members of the community in pest prevention
  • More effective pest control: Long-term pest prevention strategies are more effective at suppressing conditions conducive to pest activity than short term “quick-fix” approaches that use traditional pest control methods to treat pests after an infestation has been observed. IPM methods are pest control “best practices” within the pest control industry.
  • Cost-effective pest control: By investing in practices that promote prevention over regularly scheduled chemical applications, pest control costs are reduced by avoiding major pest infestations in the future and service visits overtime. IPM programs have also been shown to decrease health related costs by increasing air quality in residences and decreasing the presence of asthma triggers and allergens. Housing agencies that have adopted IPM programs have also seen reduced costs from reduced pesticide use, issues related to employee stress and losses from physical assessment scores, health department complaints and court cases.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a common-sense process for achieving long-term environmentally sound pest control by utilizing various non-chemical and reduced-risk chemical methods. IPM focuses on pest prevention by identifying and eliminating conditions conducive to pest activity to preempt future pest infestations. IPM treats the causes of pest infestations instead of the symptoms by relying on data collection through regular building inspections and pest monitoring. Treatment focuses on “reducing and eventually eliminating sources of food, water and harborage available to pests and limiting access into and throughout buildings.”[1] Municipalities, schools, universities, businesses and housing agencies throughout the United States have adopted IPM programs to reduce long-term pest control costs by investing in preventative programs of pest management.

[1]Integrated Pest Management Kit for Building Managers: How to Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program in Your Building(s). Massachussetts Department of Food and Agriculture Pesticide Bureau. (last accessed November 2012: )


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