Green (Reduced Risk) Pest Control: Integrated Pest Management


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Green (Reduced Risk) Pest Control: Integrated Pest Management

How Pest Control Companies are Using Lower Toxicity/Greener Pest Control Management

Unfortunately, regardless of where you live or work, you will probably encounter structural pests such as termites, cockroaches, ants, rats, mice or other pests. At this point, you’ll either attempt to vanquish the problem yourself or elect to seek professional help. If you select the latter, you’ll want to use a company that minimizes its use of toxic pesticides. In this instance, you’ll need to choose a company that has embraced IPM, also known as Integrated Pest Management.

Many of today’s pest control companies still rely heavily on toxic pesticides. Responsible pest control companies exist, but they can be difficult to find, because they are usually small and have limited marketing resources. Until recently, the only easy access customers had to reduced-risk companies was through referral from environmental organizations such as: BIRC, (Bio-Integral Resource Center) and Beyond Pesticides. On a positive note, more and more mainstream companies are adopting green techniques.


Why are Pest Control Companies Embracing Integrated Pest Management?


There are a number of reasons why pest control companies have started to move toward IPM and decreased their reliance on chemicals. Increased concerns about water quality, particularly in California, have caused Public agencies to encourage strategies known to reduce waterway contamination. Consumers are also playing their part, seeking out pest control companies offering IPM.


IPM contracts can be quite lucrative, and companies with a “green” or reduced-risk reputation as an IPM provider are well positioned to win higher profile jobs (BIRC 2008). Green building standards are becoming increasingly widespread, forcing contractors to incorporate IPM into their long term strategies. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, developed by the US Green Building Council, can reduce energy use and improve the environmental profile of buildings that adhere to these standards. Buildings assigned higher LEED ratings are both more valuable and sought after. Government agencies now require that their buildings conform to green standards. For instance, all existing State of California buildings larger than 50,000 feet must meet LEED standards (Green Building 2009). Green pest control or IPM methods can help a building meet LEED qualifications.

How Pest Control Companies with IPM Certification are Reaching Out.

Increased customer demand for certified IPM service providers has driven the establishment of several IPM Certification programs including: EcoWise Certified, Green Shield Certified, and GreenPro Certified. When seeking an environmentally friendly pest management company, it is now easier than ever for consumers and business to “go green.”


  • This is wonderful information! We have just started out new pest control business and are very proud to offer green pest control option for our customers. Hopefully more companies will offer this service for there customers.