Integrated pest management (IPM) is a coordinated approach to pest management that seeks to prevent unacceptable levels of pests by prioritizing the most-effective means with the least possible hazard to building occupants, workers and the environment. This is a strategy focusing on long-term prevention and suppression of pest problems through a combination of practices such as structural, cultural, mechanical, physical, and biological controls, with a least hazardous pesticide used only as a last resort. The strategy requires more skill and knowledge than conventional pest control and many contractors may not be capable of providing quality IPM services. It is important to hire a qualified service provider.
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