What is Integrated Pest Management?

We hear it every time we arrive on a job and explain our process, “what is integrated pest management?” While the phrase might sound daunting, it’s one of the most simple, yet effective, pest control strategies out there.

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is aimed at getting rid of the root causes of pest infestations for long-term relief. This method is the cornerstone of Terminix Canada’s vaunted approach to pest control.

The fundamental calculus of IPM pest control is finding ways to get rid of pest infestations without causing undue harm to the environment and people through use of chemical control. That’s not to say that integrated pest management doesn’t use pesticides, but that they’re left as a last resort.

Rather than just coming into a home or business, fumigating it, and leaving until the pest infestation inevitably returns, organic IPM pest control is a long-term, macro approach that seeks to eliminate the causes of pest infestations.

How Does Integrated Pest Management Work?

This process varies from job to job, but usually involves operations like removing pest habitats or clearing up potential habitats, sealing up foundational cracks and entry points, or simply explaining to home-owners common sense ways they can make their home less attractive to pests.

Every case is unique, but Terminix Canada constructs integrated pest management programs using this six-step process:

  1. Pest identification
  2. Monitoring and damage assessment
  3. Management plan
  4. Put preventative measures in place
  5. Utilize pest control tools
  6. Evaluate results

While organic IPM is always the preferred method, when pesticides are necessary, we strive to use the least toxic substance that will still be effective, in order to minimize harm to surrounding wildlife.


For IPM pest control that will provide long-term pest prevention in your home or business, contact Terminix Canada today. Each of our exterminators is practiced in integrated pest management techniques and will devise a plan that makes sense for you.