Proactive and preventive facility maintenance is critical to mitigation of chronic pest problems. Examples of common pest problems are cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, flies, fleas, spiders, fungus gnats, feral honey bees, wasps, yellowjacket, mice, and rats.
Control measures such as sanitation, and building maintenance and modifications are strong elements in structural IPM project. Pest issues are addressed by eliminating or reducing sources of food, water, and harborage that are available to pests, and limiting pest access into and throughout buildings. Control methods include use of traps, vacuum, steam, heat, dehumidifiers, refrigeration, precision baiting techniques, Bio-enzymes and reduced risk-pesticides.
Since 2003, regular pest control inspection and monitoring service has been provided by a structural pest control contractor. In 2009, the program started using mobile-based software, barcode scanners and web-based applications to conduct inspections.
The County IPM manager closely monitors the efficacy of control strategies to ensure that a pest-free environment is maintained for building occupants. The County IPM manager also conducts site-specific inspections, addressing issues related to sanitation, housekeeping, and building and landscape maintenance to mitigate pest problems.
Facility managers and department IPM coordinators also review and follow up on the inspection reports and recommendations on pest activity and related sanitation, housekeeping and maintenance issues. "IPM Guide for Facility Managers" is available as a reference document throughout the County, providing a sampling of techniques and procedures to illustrate facilities management approaches to pest control. All the methods cited in this manual have been tried previously and proven successful in real-world situations.