Adams Green Program compliance means it provides its customers with a comprehensive green approach that includes the implementation of an integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. IPM is a long-standing, science-based, decision-making process that identifies and reduces risks from pests and pest management strategies. It coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable pest levels by the most economical means, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources and the environment.
IPM is the cornerstone of complying with the “green service standards” of GreenPro. Integrated Pest Management is a multi-step process that guides pest management professionals toward efficient, effective, and sustainable pest management that emphasizes pest prevention and non-chemical methods. This decision-making process backed up by thorough monitoring, record keeping, integration of a variety of control strategies and customer communications are the principal characteristics of IPM.
A structural IPM program emphasizes three fundamental elements:
1. Pest Prevention
IPM is a preventive maintenance process that seeks to suppress pest reproduction and to identify and eliminate potential pest access, shelter/habitat, and availability of food and water. Monitoring on a continual basis for pests and pest conducive conditions is conducted in order to identify problem areas and prevent small infestations from becoming large ones. Pest management professionals must use management practices to prevent pests which include, but are not limited to:
- Customer education.
- Removal of pest habitat, sources of food and water, and breeding areas or recommendations to the customer/client on steps they should take to eliminate sources of food, water or breeding areas.
- Prevention of access to structures or recommendations to the customer/client on steps they should take to modify the structure to eliminate pest access to the structure.
- Management of environmental factors, such as temperature, light, humidity, atmosphere, and air circulation, to prevent pest reproduction and serve as a deterrent to pest infestation.
2. Multiple Management Strategies and Tools
A variety of pest control strategies and tools are integrated into a comprehensive program to manage the pest. Management strategies may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Providing the customer with information about behaviors, conditions, and policies that allow pests access to the site, food, water, and habitat
- Mechanical or physical controls including traps, vacuuming, steam cleaning, or physical barriers
- Horticultural controls including changing irrigation practices, treatment or removal of plants attracting pests and/or providing access to structures
- Biological controls, including the use of predators
- If preventive measures, along with the above practices are insufficient to prevent or control pests, chemical controls may be used. Chemical controls must be applied according to the Green Program pesticide application standards.
3. Systems Approach
Pest management must take into account and be effectively coordinated with other relevant activities and programs that operate in and around a building. Whenever possible, a pest management perspective should be incorporated in procedures and plans involving cleaning, waste management, food service and handling, storage, repair and alteration, and design and construction. In order to accomplish this, the Pest Management Professional must form a partnership with the customer to provide education on pest management issues and to gain cooperation.