Today, the gold standard for pest control is Integrated Pest Management (IPM). With IPM, applying product is one one part of an overall long-term strategy to reduce pest populations. IPM is an ecosystem-based environmentally sensitive strategy that uses a combination of practices that employs techniques that leverage the the life cycle and behavior of pests including biological control and habitat manipulation. The focus is on long-term prevention to manage pests economically with safety to people and the environment as an overriding objective. Today, we we won't even think of treating a home or building and applying product until we know exactly the pest and the level of infestation that we are dealing with.
At the heart of IPM is a thorough inspection by the pest control technician to gather the needed evidence, which in turn, is used to devise the best treatment plan for the particular situation. One of the most important tools are glue board monitors. They are our "eyes" when we are not there and tell us the types of insects infesting the building, the level of the infestation, and over, time, whether the treatment plan is effective in reducing pest populations. Insects are stubborn, resilient creatures that have been on this planet far longer than us, and sometimes, we need to readjust our treatment strategies in order to definitively resolve the pest problem.
Here are some photos of glue board monitors in action from a building in Maplewood, NJ (warning - these photos may be disturbing to those who are grossed out by pests!). These photos show the trapping of flies, spiders, and, worst of all, the disgusting disease-spreading cockroach. Hiring a pest control service with knowledgable technicians that have the right products and understands the best treatment strategies will get rid of the infestation sooner - before it has a chance to spread and become more entrenched. DIY products are often counterproductive. All too often, they spread the infestation and make the problem worse before we are called to do it the right way!
In years past, pest control technicians, to treat an infestation, would come into someone’s home or business, and spritz some awful smelling product around the edges of the home and leave, with the odor lingering for hours. No more. The pest control industry, both its protocols and the products it uses, has changed dramatically from “old school” pest control. Our treatments are much more targeted and specific to the particular infestation and we apply only what is needed to resolve the infestation with products that are people and pet-friendly. With pest control, you don’t need scorched-earth tactics to get the job done.