Services for Pest Management in Buildings
Pesticides can harm humans, animals, and the environment. Prevention is the secret to safe and effective pest management. Pesticides should be considered only as a last resort.
You may only use pesticides in city-owned buildings or landscapes if you attend San Francisco safer pest management meetings and follow the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program Compliance Checklist.
Info on this product category: Services for Pest Management in Buildings
All structural pest control companies (that is, controlling pests in and around buildings) must be licensed under California law, but it isn't always easy to determine which companies practice a prevention-based, least toxic approach to managing pests. The best option is to find a certified company.
Criteria for Services for Pest Management in Buildings
SF Environment created a rigorous request for proposals for pest management services that requires third-party certification, site visits and sample IPM plans. Pest control contractors must demonstrate a full working knowledge of and commitment to the integrated pest management approach:
- Monitor each pest ecosystem to determine pest population, size, occurrence, and natural enemy population, if present. Identify decisions and practices that could affect pest populations. Keep records of such monitoring;
- Set for each pest at each site and identify in an IPM implementation plan, an injury level, based on how much biological, aesthetic or economic damage the site can tolerate;
- Consider a range of potential treatments for the pest problem. Employ nonpesticide management tactics first. Consider the use of chemicals only as a last resort and select and use chemicals only within an IPM program and in accordance with the provisions of the IPM Ordinance (Chapt. 3, Environment Code).