Condo managers looking for a more effective and environmentally-friendly approach to pest control should implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM focuses on the reasons why pests infest properties in the first place, stressing prevention over remediation and biological, physical or cultural solutions over chemical ones. Through a proactive, ongoing approach, IPM helps reduce the number of pests trying to enter the buildings, thereby naturally reducing the need for pesticides and other reactive measures.
But it’s not enough for condo managers and pest management providers to follow IPM protocols. An effective IPM approach includes the active cooperation of the entire staff – everyone from the sales office to maintenance employees. The good news is that it only takes a little bit of work to get your team on board.
Talk about your IPM plan.
If staff members don’t know about IPM or its benefits, then it will be more difficult to get their buy-in on the program. Make sure all employees understand the property’s IPM program so they can support pest management efforts. Some pest management professionals will provide training materials and other resources to help management communicate with staff about IPM and its advantages.