A door sweep is probably the best commodity out there,” Tom Green, president of the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America, a non-profit organisation that certifies green pest control companies, said. Green explained in an Associated Press interview published on MSNBC online last April, “A mouse can fit through a hole the diameter of a pencil. So if your door has a quarter-inch gap underneath it, a mouse would think there’s no door there at all.” Cockroaches can slither into crevices as small as one-eighth inch. Interested readers can find more information about them at Team Veterans Pest Control
In the same Associated Press article, Cindy Mannes, a spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association, the $6.3 billion pest control industry’s trade association, said IPM is “a safer approach to pest control for the protection of the home, the community, and the family.” However, Mannes cautioned that, since IPM is a relatively recent addition to the pest control arsenal, there is little industry agreement about what constitutes green services.
The Green Shield Certified (GSC) programme was established by the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America in order to establish industry standards for IPM services and providers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Natural Resources Défense Council (NRDC), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have all supported GSC, which identifies pest control products and companies that avoid using conventional pesticides in favour of environmentally sustainable control methods. To control pests, IPM prefers mechanical, physical, and cultural approaches, although bio-pesticides derived from naturally occurring materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals may be used.
Toxic chemical sprays are being phased out in favour of modern, often unorthodox methods of pest control. Some are extremely high-tech, such as the quick-freeze Cryolite method for bed bug eradication. Others, such as trained dogs who check out bed bugs, seem to be low-tech but use cutting-edge techniques to accomplish their goals. Farmers, for example, have long used dogs’ sensitive noses to sniff out bugs, but teaching dogs to sniff out explosives and narcotics is a relatively new creation. It’s cutting-edge to use the same methods to train dogs to sniff out termites and bed bugs.