The Best Way To Handle Pests: Integrated Pest Management

Pests in your house or around your yard are some of the most annoying and frustrating parts of being a homeowner in New York. Whether it’s swarms of mosquitoes in the summer, rodents in your shed, or ticks infesting your backyard’s grass, troublesome pests can make enjoying your time inside or outside difficult. Not to mention, some pests can spread deadly diseases that can potentially affect you, your family, or even your furry friends. So how can you keep pests out of your house and your lawn? The best, most environmentally-friendly, and most cost-effective way of dealing with unwanted animals and insects is integrated pest management or IPM. Keep reading to find out more information about the benefits of this management practice and how it works! 

What Is Integrated Pest Management?

There are a lot of different ways you could remove pests from your yard, but most traditional methods make use of a lot of harmful chemicals, don’t address the root problems of pest infestations, or aren’t effective methods for pest control. On the other hand, integrated pest management techniques use common sense based on real science to focus on pest prevention and reduction, as well as fixing conditions that could attract pests or are favorable to them. These techniques aren’t just useful for home lawns and gardens but are implemented by small and large-scale farms throughout the country with help from organizations like the CDC, EPA, and the USDA. 

Why Is Integrated Pest Management Important For You And Your Yard?

Pests can be extremely detrimental to the health of your lawn and the health of those living in your home. Many pests can spread diseases that can infect and seriously harm humans, the plants in your yard, or even the grass in your lawn! Pests can also make it difficult for you and your family to enjoy being outdoors, so it’s important to keep them at bay. Additionally, integrated pest management’s sustainable strategies only recommend using pesticides if absolutely necessary and as a last resort, meaning much less exposure to potentially harmful chemicals for you, your family, and the environment around you. 

How Does Integrated Pest Management Work?

Integrated pest management covers a wide range of strategies and techniques, but the most basic IPM principles are: 

Step One: Inspection and Monitoring
The first step in integrated pest management is inspection and monitoring to identify what types of pests are causing problems in your home or your yard. This information is crucial for professionals to determine what control measures are best to implement for the specific pest you’re dealing with on your property.

Step Two: Creating Realistic Goals
Next, it’s important to set a goal for eliminating pests from your yard. In most cases, it would be impossible or impractical to remove every single insect or animal from your yard. Therefore, having a goal in mind of a specific level of pest management can cut down on unnecessary expenses and labor, saving you money in the long run without sacrificing the health of your family or your yard.

Step Three: Putting A Few Control Measures Into Action
Once professionals have identified what pests are in your yard and have an elimination goal in mind, they can start addressing the pest problem. This usually begins with one of the most common problems that cause pests to infest or invade: ready access to food, water, and shelter. Many pest problems can be solved by removing some or all of these resources, sealing up cracks in your foundation, or even fixing leaky pipes! If that doesn’t completely solve the pest problem, the professionals move on to targeted strategies like trapping or targeted spraying for specific pests. Finally, if no other alternative is available, pesticides may be used to help keep unwanted animals and insects out of your yard and home.

For All Your Pest Management Needs in New York, Call Griffin Organics

If you are struggling with ticks or mosquitoes in your yard, or you want to make sure a future infestation doesn’t happen, you need to call the experts at Griffin Organics. Our comprehensive lawn care and fertilization program follows integrated pest management strategies and techniques to help keep pests from invading your New York home and lawn without harming the environment or taxing your wallet. 

Visit our website to see more information on our lawn fertilization program with integrated pest management, as well as all of our other lawn, landscaping, and pest control services. Feel free to reach out to us using our contact form online, connect with us on our Facebook page, or give us a call at 914-788-9622 to get started scheduling your services today. And be sure to check back with our monthly blog for more helpful information about caring for your New York lawn and home! 

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