The Pegasus Process


Pest management relies on science and keeping up with new discoveries. Integrated pest management, or IPM, emphasizes the responsible use of pest control materials with the least impact on the environment. This science leads us to use many forms of reduced risk control material that limit various biological functions of the pest like reproduction, hydration, and respiration. Fortunately for you, many of these methods are the most economical.


Set Action Threshold We use this to determine how much is too much. In agricultural situations a small population of pests may be acceptable, but inside even one is too many. One generally indicates a larger population is hiding. Stronger, more immediate methods of control are necessary, but the IPM approach prevents the infestation cycle from starting over after the acute infestation is under control.

Monitor and Identify Pests Not all insects are pests. Some are harmless and even beneficial, especially in your garden. IPM monitors for pests and identifies them accurately so appropriate control decisions are made. Monitoring and identification helps prevent the use of unnecessary or wrong pesticides.

Prevention In our evaluation and inspection, we show you how IPM programs help you manage your environment and prevent pests from becoming a threat, giving you peace of mind.

Control Once we determine pest control is required, and preventative methods are no longer effective, we then evaluate the most economical, effective and risk-free control method. The least risky pest controls are chosen first. We use methods that target specific life functions of the pest, such as pheromones to disrupt reproduction, or mechanical controls such as trapping. Then if needed, targeted spraying of plant-based pesticides might be used. Wider or "broadcast" spraying of more toxic chemicals are only used as a last resort when absolutely necessary.

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