Services for Pest Management in Buildings

Industrial Consumer

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.


Pestec pest management services for buildings

When to Use

For any pest management in City structures, or public health/vector control on City properties.

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    Green Shield Certified Pest Management Services

    Green Shield is an independent nonprofit that certifies effective, prevention-based pest control that minimizes the use of pesticides. Some Green Shield certified pest management contractors offer 100% Green Shield Certified services and conventional, uncertified services.  Be sure to request Green Shield Certified Services.

    Green Shield also offers certifications for facilties and integrated pest management programs.

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    Other Vendor(s):
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial
  • EcoWise Certified Pest Management Services

    EcoWise Certified is an independent, third-party certification program sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments. EcoWise distinguishes knowledgeable, leading-edge licensed pest management professionals who practice prevention-based pest control in structures. 

    When to Use

    EcoWise Certified professionals can manage ants, roaches, flies, spiders, rodents, stinging insects, bed bugs and many other pests.  EcoWise Certification does not cover termites or other wood destroying organisms, and does not apply to pest management in landscapes.

    City Approved Vendor(s):
    Other Vendor(s):
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial



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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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).


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Last updated: 
March 7, 2014