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ISEC Home Pest Management What is ISEC? ISEC stands for the 4 steps in getting rid of pests in your home: I is for Identify S is for Sanitize E is for Exclude C is for Control What are ISEC’s Goals? Prevent most household pest problems without using pesticides

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ISEC Home Pest Management

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What is ISEC?

ISEC stands for the 4 steps in getting rid of pests in your home:

  • Iis for Identify

    • S is for Sanitize

      • Eis for Exclude

        • C is for Control

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What are ISEC’s Goals?

  • Prevent most household pest problems without using pesticides

  • Increase awareness of IPM

  • Reduce exposure & risks of pesticides used in the home

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The Pest Triangle

To avoid pest problems

break the pest triangle

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What’s This Thing Called IPM?

  • IPM is code for Integrated Pest Management

  • It’s a way of thinking and acting about pest problems- a strategy or plan that takes advantages of the weaknesses of the pest

  • IPM is designed to prevent pest problems rather than to control them once they occur

  • It uses methods that reduce risks to human health and the environment

  • IPM uses pesticides only when necessary, then chooses those least-toxic

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Why Use IPM?

  • Provides long term results

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Protects human health

  • Reduces unnecessary pesticide use

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This Sounds to Good to Be True- Does IPM have any Downsides?

  • Requires more knowledge & skill than reaching for a can of pesticide

  • Requires attention to details

  • Results not always immediate

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Let’s Check Out ISEC’s Weapons- The Four Basic Concepts

  • Identify

    • Properly identify the pest

  • Sanitize

    • Remove what attracts pests

  • Exclude

    • Keep pests from entering the home

  • Control

    • Use non-chemical methods first, and least-toxic pesticides only when necessary

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Identify? Tell Me More

  • Now that you have found a pest- what is it?

    • It’s important to know. Even similar pests may require very different control methods

  • So, if you don’t know, capture it and get help!

    • Most insect specimens can be preserved in the freezer

    • Preserve soft bodied insects in rubbing alcohol

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ISEC- Identify

What if I can’t or don’t want to capture it?

  • Collect sample of it’s damage, droppings or other evidence

  • Take a photograph or digital image of the pest, damage or droppings

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ISEC- Identify

What should I do with it now?

  • Use a field guide, book or bulletin to identify the pest yourself

  • Take the sample or e-mail the image to local Extension office, pest control company or nursery

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ISEC Weapon No. 2- SanitizeWhat Does That Mean?

  • Eliminate food & water sources

    • Keep food (including pet food) in pest-proof containers

    • Tightly re-seal opened food packages

    • Do not leave food out overnight

    • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink

    • Clean kitchen counters, tables & floors often

    • Clean up spilled food & drink immediately

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Tell Me More- Sanitize

  • Encourage eating at the table

  • Sweep & vacuum regularly

  • Caulk cracks around pantry shelves so that food does not accumulate

  • Inspect & discard any infested food products

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ISEC- Sanitize

  • Take out garbage several times a week

    • Use a closed container lined with a plastic bag

    • Clean garbage can inside & out on a regular basis

  • Rinse items for recycling before storing in a container with a tight lid

    • Clean containers inside & out

    • Keep recycling containers outside

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ISEC- Sanitize

  • Eliminate pest breeding sites

    • Clean drains with a stiff brush, flush with boiling water

    • Do not allow debris to build up on grout of tile floors

    • Do not allow old newspapers, magazines, plastic bags to accumulate

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Weapon #3- ExcludeThat Means Keep ‘em Out!

  • Seal openings around pipes & electrical wiring with caulk, steel wool or foam

  • If you can see daylight around doors, replace weather stripping or threshold

  • Keep window and door screens in good repair

  • Place screen wire over vents and other points where pests could enter

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ISEC- Exclude

  • Store food items in air-tight containers

  • Do not buy damaged goods or infested products

  • Store dried food products in the refrigerator or freezer if leaving home for an extended time

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ISEC- Exclude

  • Use garbage containers with closed lids

  • Stuff weep holes with steel wool or copper mesh

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ISEC- Exclude

  • Do not store firewood or other items against the home

  • Prune vegetation that touches the home

  • Inspect items that you bring into the home

  • Feed outdoor pets away from entry doors

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And the Final Weapon- Control

  • Non-chemical

    • Trapping devices such as fly paper, mouse traps or roach prisons

    • Use vacuum cleaner to help control pests such as fleas, moths or beetles and remove food sources

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ISEC- Control

  • Chemical

    • Try baits first- they are safe & effective

    • Use gel formulations along cracks & crevices

    • Insecticide sprays may be used in specific locations

      • Cracks & crevices

      • Along baseboards

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If You Have to Use the Big Guns-Do it Safely!

  • Buy only pesticides labeled for the pest and area you are treating

  • Read & follow all label instructions, use only amount listed- more is not better

  • Keep children & pets out of treated area until the product is dry

  • Never apply pesticides to food

  • Wash hands with soap and water

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Pesticide Signal Words-“The Code Words”

  • Caution

    • Least harmful to humans, handle carefully

  • Warning

    • More dangerous than “caution” labeled products

  • Danger

    • Very dangerous and/ or irritating; use with extreme care

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Pesticide Storage & Disposal

  • Store pesticides only in original container where children and pets cannot get to them

  • Follow disposal procedures on the label

  • Never reuse a pesticide container

  • Never, never pour a pesticide down a drain or toilet!

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Still Have Problems?Better Hire an IPM Professional!

Here’s How You’ll Know

  • Must be licensed- ask to see state license and check references

  • Does the person and equipment appear professional?

  • Does the person know about IPM?

  • Get several quotes, lowest price is not always most economical