Pestec provides school integrated pest management services to public and private education institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. California has been on the forefront of reduced risk pest control by requiring integrated pest management (IPM) in public schools with the California Healthy Schools Act of 2000. The act itself defines integrated pest management as:
…a pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques such as monitoring for pest presence and establishing treatment threshold levels, using non-chemical practices to make the habitat less conducive to pest development, improving sanitation, and employing mechanical and physical controls. Pesticides that pose the least possible hazard and are effective in a manner that minimizes risks to people, property, and the environment, are used only after careful monitoring indicates they are needed according to pre-established guidelines and treatment thresholds.
As an integrated pest management provider Pestec can provide IPM for public and private education institutions. Through reduced risk pest management practices Pestec can work in collaboration with stakeholders in educational pest control to manage pest problems found in schools. Pestec is certified by Green Shield and EcoWise Certified, a third party certification process that audits participating companies and the pest management practices and materials employed. Third party certification not only provides assurance to facility managers, staff and the people they serve, IPM certification is now included in LEED Certification for Green Buildings.