National Pest Management Association Unveils New Web Site Dedicated To Integrated Pest ManagementNPMA Staff
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
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
"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.