Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest
management that uses a combination of common-sense practices. 

By using the life cycle of pests and their interaction with the environment, Step Aside Pest Management
can judicially apply pesticides in a manner least hazardous to people, property and the environment.

The four main components of Integrated Pest Management:


1. Set Action Thresholds

Step Aside Pest Management works with their Customers to understand when pests are a problem
each customer segment is different. We help pinpoint at which pest populations or environmental
conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. A single pest doesn’t always mean control
is needed!

Your technician will make recommendations based on a variety of factors, such as:

(a) The pest species involved and its appearance
(b) Individual tolerance
(c) The environment
(d) The type of business or structure


2. Monitor and Identify Pests

The Step Aside Pest Management approach to monitoring and identifying pests includes: having educated
technicians on staff, accurate pest identifications, proper inspections, monitoring devices and client participation.

Client participation is an important part of a successful pest management program. We provide our commercial
accounts with a pest sighting logbook on site to help keep track of activity. In addition, we encourage our Customers
to look for:

(a) Pest(s) evidence
(b) Pest-conducive conditions
(c) Areas with moisture, heat, humidity
(d) Food or water
(e) Pest harborage (interior/exterior, trash areas, drains, building perimeter-weeds and debris,)
(f) Pest entry points(doors, loading docks)


3.
Prevention 

There are several methods from sanitation to mechanical trapping devices that help prevent pest from becoming a
threat and lowering the risk of developing into an infestation.

Practicing good sanitation eliminates food, water, harborage and concealed routes of movement for pests. Sanitation
is assessed at every inspection---in both the interior and exterior of the facility. Any deficiencies in sanitation are
documented and followed by recommendations on how to improve the situation.

Another integral part of IPM is exclusion which limits pest access to the inside of a facility. Since the majority of insects
enter into buildings from the outside, sealing holes and gaps, replacing screens and repairing defects around entryways,
pipes, drains and other structures will exclude pests out.

Lastly, Mechanical Trapping Devices are a preventative approach to intercept invading pests. They capture flying/
crawling insects and rodents. Included in our trapping devices are glue traps, rodent multicatch devices and insect light traps.


4. Control

Step Aside Pest Managements IPM program then evaluates the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk.

1. Physical – This is the manipulation of an environmental condition to make it unfavorable for a pest to thrive. Environmental
conditions that can be manipulated include relative humidity, light and temperature. Examples of physical control tactics or
devices include the use of dehumidifiers, less-attractive light bulbs and heat treatments.

2. Mechanical - Many of the same techniques or devices are used in pest prevention, such as glue traps and insect light traps.
Mechanical control also includes using items such as vacuum cleaners and spider / cobweb brushes.

3. Chemical - Pesticides are important and necessary part of IPM, however the goal of IPM programs is to reduce the amount
of pesticides used. When necessary, we make highly targeted applications, and always read and follow all pesticide label directions
to ensure the application does not harm people, pets or the environment

Step Aside Pest Management Integrated Pest Management programs are continuously evaluated to monitor pest levels and to
keep Customers informed on sanitation in order to prevent new pest problems. 

In addition to monitoring practices, we provide thorough documentation of pest activity and any pesticide application used during a
service visit.

Please call us toll free at (209) 581-0147 to arrange a FREE pest inspection or to learn more about how your facility can benefit from
Step Aside Pest Management Integrated Pest Management approach.