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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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what is isec
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
what are isec s goals
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
the pest triangle






The Pest Triangle

To avoid pest problems

break the pest triangle

what s this thing called ipm
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
why use ipm
Why Use IPM?
  • Provides long term results
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Protects human health
  • Reduces unnecessary pesticide use
this sounds to good to be true does ipm have any downsides
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
let s check out isec s weapons the four basic concepts
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
identify tell me more
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
isec identify
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
isec weapon no 2 sanitize what does that mean
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
tell me more sanitize
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
isec sanitize
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
weapon 3 exclude that means keep em out
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
isec exclude
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
and the final weapon control
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
isec control
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
if you have to use the big guns do it safely
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
pesticide signal words the code words
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
pesticide storage disposal
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!
still have problems better hire an ipm professional
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