Homeowner IPM Structural Checklist

Things the IPM Specialist Should Do

  1. Conduct a thorough inspection before providing a quote.
  2. Indentify the pest(s) present and determine the extent of the infestation.
  3. Identify pest points of entry (gaps beneath doors, floor/foundation cracks, damaged screens, etc.).
  4. Determine the conditions that are encouraging and supporting pest activity (food, moisture, shelter).
  5. Recommend non-chemical pest control options that would effectively reduce the pest population (sanitation, structural maintenance, use of traps, methods of exclusion, etc.).
  6. Discuss implementation of a monitoring program through visual inspections and use of sticky traps.
  7. 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).
  8. Explain circumstances which require use of higher toxicity product, if recommended.
  9. Discuss questions and concerns you may have regarding the use of pesticide products.
  10. Provide you with pesticide label information, including precautionary statements, about the pesticide products they intend to apply.

Things the Consumer Should Do

  1. Discuss all available pest control options. Ask questions if you do not understand why certain recommendations have been made.
  2. Be prepared to perform recommendations that have been made by the IPM specialist (sanitation, caulking, structural maintenance, etc.).
  3. Be sure to communicate with the IPM specialist. Report any pest sightings. Provide samples if possible.
  4. Periodically evaluate the success of the IPM program with your pest control provider. Revise and/or re-implement IPM techniques if appropriate.
  5. 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)
  6. 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