At Adam's, we define Integrated Pest Management as a multifaceted approach to preventing and solving pest problems by incorporating education, inspection, identification, sanitation, exclusion, communication, biological and mechanical means of control, and where appropriate, specific pesticide application with the lowest impact techniques and product selection practical.
As an overall philosophy, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires technicians to have greater knowledge and skills, requires a better decision-making process than otherwise would be used, and should ultimately reduce pesticides use. However, pesticide use still has a place in the IPM process. Some pest concerns simply cannot be solved, or solved cost effectively, without using pesticides. At Adams, even choosing which material to use is important. We prefer low-odor or no-odor, non-staining, and less toxic materials that are easy to mix and apply. We prefer baits and materials that are targeted to a specific pest.
Example 1: Customer has bats.
With a thorough inspection, our knowledge of bats, communication with our customer, and a comprehensive repair and exclusion process, Adam’s is able to get all of the bats safely out of the structure without using chemicals or harming the bats. Our process has the added benefit of keeping bats out in the future because the structure is sealed tight.
Example 2: Customer reports fruit flies.
We know that drain flies are often misidentified as fruit flies, so through careful inspection and analysis Adam’s is able to correctly identify the pest. Our extensive knowledge and ongoing training on the biology and habits of pests enable Adam’s to use the best methods to control drain flies with the least impact on the environment. Communication with and education of our customer assures the customer’s involvement in reducing the conditions that encourage drain fly infestations, such as proper sanitation of drains and the elimination of standing water.
At Adam's, we regularly attend:
National Pest Management Association conferences
Whitmire Microgen Scientific Symposium
Minnesota Structural Pest Control Operators Re-Certification Conference (attended by all our licensed employees)
Purdue University's Urban Pest Management conference
Bird Barriers School for Bird Netting and Exclusion
Pest Control Technologies Leadership Conference
And other specific training
Additionally, we are members of Associated Pest Control Services, a group of pest control companies across the nation who share Integrated Pest Management knowledge and other best practices with each other, so that each member can deliver the highest quality service to their customers.
All of Adam's employees - including management, marketing, sales, and non-technical staff - are encouraged (and often incentivized) to receive advanced education in pest management. As a result, Adam’s employs significantly more Master-certified technicians than any other pest control operator in our area. While most pest control companies have only one or two Master licenses, Adam’s has nearly 30.
When you add great training with low turnover, you get an experienced technician with a high level of expertise solving your pest problem using methods with the lowest possible impact on the environment. The Adam’s technician that services your home or business is well equipped to handle your most challenging pest concerns. And if ever needed, your technician can call in our staff Ph. D. entomologist for additional support.
Everyone was very impressed with the work Adam's does, expecially with their commitment to helping needy families who are faced with bed bug infestations. Many of them have asked me to pass along their appreciation. Please pass along my thanks to Adam's Pest Management Professional and Marvin, the bed bug beagle as well. They are all really great ambassadors of a company that really cares about the community.
- Jim Elfering, Bridging, Inc.