Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed and employs physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics to keep pest number low enough to prevent intolerable damage or annoyance. Least-toxic chemical controls are used as a last resort. (Olkowski, W. and S. Daar. 1991. Common sense pest control. Taunton Press. 715 pp.)

Pestec applies the precautionary principle to all the services we offer by openly weighing the benefits and risks of various treatment options and excluding those that are unneeded or may be avoided by non-chemical measures. Pestec is a Green Shield Certified and EcoWise Certified IPM provider, and believes that strategies must be shared openly and transparently to increase the adoption of life, energy, and money saving solutions.

Please visit the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program and the IPM Institute of North America, Inc to learn more about integrated pest management.

For more information about Pestec’s innovative pest management services or information about building an IPM plan for your building or facility please contact us today.

Integrated Pest Management = Best Pest Management Practices

Pestec is a Green Shield Certified and EcoWise Certified Integrated Pest Management Provider and believes that pest management technologies and strategies must be shared openly and transparently to increase the adoption of pest control practices that protect biodiversity through the maintenance of healthy human habitats. It is with this desire for transparency that we have partnered with two non-profit IPM certification programs, one nationally (Green Shield), and the other locally (EcoWise).

Parties seeking LEED Green Building Certification have a credible partner in Pestec, as a third-party audited integrated pest management provider. Integrated pest management is also included in the Bay Area Green Business and San Francisco Green Business certifications.



Precautionary Principle

IPM is a holistic approach to pest management that treats the causes of pest infestations by correcting persistent conditions conducive to pest activity (access to food, water, and shelter) and only uses chemical control measures as a last resort. By correcting building deficiencies that provide breeding grounds for pests, building managers are better equipped to deal with pest infestations if and when they occur. IPM focuses on pest prevention and pest management over the long term, avoiding quick-fix solutions to pest infestations that do not provide lasting results. IPM has also been included in LEED Green Building Certification and the certification of San Francisco Green Businesses.

Pestec has adopted the precautionary principle as the central tenet of our mission. The Precautionary Principle is a “caution in advance” approach to decision-making that seeks to prevent adverse effects on human health and the environment by avoiding practices that can potentially cause harm. New information is compiled every day indicating that not enough has been done to avert the dangers of pesticide chemical exposure associated with the pest control industry and the recombination of pesticides in the environment. By opting to eliminate pesticide sprays that can and do “run-off” into our waterways, and rodenticides that pose a risk of secondary-poisoning, Pestec has reduced the risk to our clients who demand it and the Bay Area at large. As a company-wide certified IPM provider, Our clients can rest assured that a contract with Pestec is a contract that promotes the mutual interests of the community and environment where we work.

Pestec uses the Integrated Pest Management Cycle to achieve effective pest control.