Friday FAQ: Unpacking Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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Friday FAQ: Unpacking Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Welcome to another edition of our Friday FAQ series, where we tackle common questions about pest control. Today, we're focusing on a crucial concept in the pest management world: Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach to pest control that emphasizes the use of multiple strategies to manage pests in the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. Unlike traditional methods that may rely heavily on chemical treatments, IPM prioritizes a combination of practices to keep pest numbers down to an acceptable level while minimizing risks to human health, property, and the environment.

How Does IPM Work?

IPM is not a single pest control method but a series of pest management evaluations, decisions, and controls. Here’s a brief overview of how it works:

1. Inspection and Monitoring

The first step in IPM is to conduct a thorough inspection and ongoing monitoring of the affected environment. This helps identify the pest problem and understand its behavior, lifecycle, and the factors contributing to the pest's presence.

2. Setting Action Thresholds

IPM requires setting action thresholds – a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. This threshold helps ensure that pest control measures are only implemented when necessary.

3. Prevention

Preventative measures are a cornerstone of IPM. This can include cultural practices like crop rotation in agriculture or sealing entry points in homes to reduce pest attraction and access.

4. Control

When preventive measures are not enough to keep pests below action thresholds, IPM employs control methods. These may include mechanical controls like trapping, biological controls using natural predators or pathogens, and as a last resort, chemical controls using pesticides more selectively and safely.

Why Choose IPM?

IPM offers several benefits over traditional pest control methods, including:

  • Reduced Chemical Use: By using a variety of control methods, IPM reduces reliance on chemical pesticides, lowering the risk of pesticide exposure to humans and pets.

  • Environmental Protection: IPM practices aim to be sustainable, minimizing harm to non-target species and the surrounding environment.

  • Long-term Solutions: IPM focuses on managing the ecosystem to keep pest populations at bay long-term, rather than offering a temporary fix.


Integrated Pest Management represents a forward-thinking approach to pest control, balancing effectiveness with environmental sensitivity. At Paragon Pest Control, we're proud to incorporate IPM principles into our services, ensuring not just a pest-free environment but also a healthier planet.

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