Homeowner IPM Structural Checklist
Things the IPM Specialist Should Do
- Conduct a thorough inspection before providing a quote.
- Indentify the pest(s) present and determine the extent of the infestation.
- Identify pest points of entry (gaps beneath doors, floor/foundation cracks, damaged screens, etc.).
- Determine the conditions that are encouraging and supporting pest activity (food, moisture, shelter).
- Recommend non-chemical pest control options that would effectively reduce the pest population (sanitation, structural maintenance, use of traps, methods of exclusion, etc.).
- Discuss implementation of a monitoring program through visual inspections and use of sticky traps.
- Explain which pesticides may be used if non-chemical alternatives will not satisfactorily reduce the pest population (least toxic, low-risk products such as baits should be first choice).
- Explain circumstances which require use of higher toxicity product, if recommended.
- Discuss questions and concerns you may have regarding the use of pesticide products.
- Provide you with pesticide label information, including precautionary statements, about the pesticide products they intend to apply.
Things the Consumer Should Do
- Discuss all available pest control options. Ask questions if you do not understand why certain recommendations have been made.
- Be prepared to perform recommendations that have been made by the IPM specialist (sanitation, caulking, structural maintenance, etc.).
- Be sure to communicate with the IPM specialist. Report any pest sightings. Provide samples if possible.
- Periodically evaluate the success of the IPM program with your pest control provider. Revise and/or re-implement IPM techniques if appropriate.
- Verify that the IPM specialist is licensed as a certified supervisor with the DEEP Pesticides Management Program (not required, but desirable). (Use the Kelly Registration System to verify)
- Verify that the pest control company is registered with the DEEP Pesticides Management Program. (Use the Kelly Registration System to verify)
Content Last Updated on November 30, 2011