National Pest Management Association Unveils New Web Site Dedicated To Integrated Pest Management

Friday, March 6, 2009

By NPMA Staff

 

Homeowners seeking more information on ways to protect their home from pests and the health and property threats they pose can now visit http://www.whatisipm.org/ for integrated pest management (IPM) information and techniques.

IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests, which incorporates three steps - inspection, identification and treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.

NPMA conducted a national research study in January 2007 with Harris Interactive that showed 67% of all respondents were not at all knowledgeable about IPM.

"IPM has become an issue of debate among school administrators and facility managers across the country. It's important for consumers to learn more about IPM and its role in protecting the places where we live and work each day," advises Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Pests are a major nuisance to homeowners and pose serious health and property threats. We wanted to build a Web site to help consumers learn more about pest control techniques that protect their homes, businesses and schools, " says Henriksen.

Currently 33 states have passed legislation on IPM in schools.

The site features an interactive home that visitors can navigate for IPM techniques both inside and outside their home and is updated with news and information surrounding IPM in schools and businesses.

"Partnering with a licensed pest professional is the best way to implement a complete IPM program. A pest professional can provide IPM tips and advice specific to the home or business being treated, " says Henriksen.