Does Green Pest Management Exist? The Answer is Yes | National Apartment Association

Does Green Pest Management Exist? The Answer is Yes

Pest control is a touchy subject, especially when it comes to multifamily properties. An even more sensitive issue revolves around the methods used to manage pests. Many property managers and residents do not prefer the use of traditional pesticides. So how can you to get around that issue and still keep your property pest-free?
Why not try implementing “green” pest management practices?
Most people don't think of pest control as being “green,” but pest management in multifamily settings has come a long way from the chemical-intensive practices of years past. Whether you’re aiming to maintain National Organic Program certification, increase indoor air quality or simply be more environmentally friendly, there are many ways to reach your goal while upholding the efficacy of your pest management program at the same time.
The foundation of any green pest prevention program is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is an ongoing process that emphasizes techniques like sanitation and facility maintenance to help prevent pest infestations before they start. By proactively identifying opportunities that can help minimize the need for and dependence on routine chemical applications, you’ll help contribute not only to a healthy environment at your property, but also one with low pest pressure.
At the 2012 NAA Education Conference and Exposition, Dr. Thomas Green, president of the IPM Institute of North America, and I will present several easy-to-implement practices and simple tips to help set your green pest management plan in motion. We’ll cover:
  • The basics of IPM – what you need to know as a property manager
  • IPM and the multifamily environment
  • Environmentally friendly treatment options
  • Responsibilities of a property manager, staff member and resident  – and how everyone can work together
  • Ways to earn LEED credits
This presentation is a must for all property management professionals, as it’s important to explore all pest management options that ensure an environmentally friendly property. After all, increasing your green knowledge will allow you to make the best decisions for your property.
Please join us on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the 2012 NAA Education Conference and Exposition (Room 153AB) for our session, “Putting the Green Into Pest Management” with Dr. Ron Harrison, Director of Technical Services for Orkin, and Dr. Thomas Green, President of the IPM Institute of North America. Learn more about our session online.