Integrated Pest Management for the Homeowner

Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a method of eliminating pests by using environmentally friendly solutions. It is usually defined as a solution that depends upon human insight and reasoning power. IPM is a program that can be applied in both agricultural and non agricultural environments for pest elimination. For the purposes of this article we will discuss organic solutions and show how it pertains to the homeowner. It is structured by studying the pests’ lifecycle and the way they interact with their surroundings.

Also, it focuses on the modern scientific research and information as well as pest management techniques that are known not to harm humans, animals or property. There are four main steps in the implementation of IPM which include – Intervention, Observing, Monitoring, and Prevention. The goal is to reduce or eliminate the use of chemical pesticides to solve pest related infestations. Instead, it uses an integrated approach involving both human and organic all natural pesticide solutions as long as neither one harms the surrounding environment or beneficial living things.

Let’s discuss each of these steps in detail.

Observation – This is the first step in setting up an integrated pest management program and it requires checking what is going on in the infested area every day. This step allows you to set action steps so that you can tell when an action is necessary or unnecessary. For example, seeing a single pest does not mean that the entire property, person, animal or crop is affected and that a drastic measure needs to be taken. It just may mean that doing a simple task like picking the pest off to eliminate the pest is all that is required. In more infested situations, a more drastic approach may be required.

Monitoring – Monitoring is a vital IPM step involving making the right decision after observing the infested area and identifying the unwanted pests. It is also a serious step in deciding whether or not use of pesticides of any kind is necessary or not. IPM seeks to reduce the possibilities of using chemical pesticides in management of the pest menace. It supports a personal approach such as picking the pest or its egg or larvae with hands, uprooting infested plants, use of all natural, organic insecticides, mulching and so on.

Prevention – This is all about looking for ways to avoid the problem of pests in the future after eradication, if not before. From the home owner’s perspective, it means adopting practices that keep unwanted bugs away. For example you can decide to practice periodic fogging/spraying of your house/property with all natural organic pesticides, grow pest resistant plants or grow trap crops/plants that lure/repel insects away from your other plants. The advantage of these practices is that they are safe and cannot harm property, people, pets, or the soil as compared to chemical insecticides.

Control – If the pest infestation is not eradicated within the first three steps, control is really unavoidable. At this point you must take serious measures to end a problem that has proven unpreventable by the above 3 steps. The IPM approach becomes very necessary in the sense that the homeowner has to consider both the effectiveness and safety of a given pesticide. Generally, when following this approach, you must give more preference to the safety of the method used for pest control. Start with an effective product like Cedar Oil as that provides either zero or less risk to humans, pets, property and the environment. For example, choose organic, all natural chemicals or plants that eradicate the pest, their unborn/un-hatched, prevent their further attempt to reproduce, or repel them completely. If that does not seem to work, you can now use integrated pest management to mitigate their effects on the environment. And remember, always read and follow all “Directions for Use” and “Warnings” on all products prior to use to obtain best results and safety.

DG Cedar Oil has all your Organic, All Natural Integrated Pest Management and Eradication solutions regardless of what’s “bugging” you. Please visit our website for the Organic, All Natural pest control solution that’s right for your pest problem(s).

Commercial/Over The Counter Pesticides–What They Don’t Tell You About Them

Commercial/Over The Counter Pesticides–What They Don’t Tell You About Them

Commercial/Over The Counter Pesticides that often contain synthetic pyrethroids have been described by pest control companies and mosquito fogging municipalities as safe because they are extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. In reality, pyrethroids are a synthetic version of an extract from the chrysanthemum plant. They have been chemically altered to be more toxic and to have longer breakdown times, and are often formulated with other additives that increase their potency. By doing so, they compromise the ability of both the human and animal body to fight the toxic effect of the pesticide leading sometimes to extreme adverse reactions and sometimes even in death, especially in animals(dogs and cats).  The bottom line here is simple – just because it says that its “Natural”, doesn’t mean that it’s Non Toxic.

Below are brief descriptions of the three most common chemicals found in commercial/over the counter pesticides called pyrethrins, permethrin, and pyrethroids.


Pyrethrins are natural insecticides produced by certain species of the chrysanthemum plant. The flowers are harvested shortly after blooming. Then the oils found within the flowers are extracted with solvents or the flowers are dried and then powdered. The extracted pyrethrins are contact poisons which penetrate the nerve system of the insect rather quickly. Within a few minutes of application, the insect cannot move or fly away. But, a “knockdown dose” does not mean a killing dose. Pyrethrins are quickly detoxified by enzymes in the insect. Therefore, many pests will recover. So, to ensure a lethal dose of pesticide, other chemicals or synergists are added to the pyrethrins. This is what makes the “natural” less than natural and highly toxic! These semisynthetic chemical derivatives of the chrysanthemum flower have been developed as insecticides and pesticides called pyrethroids. These un-”safe” pyrethroids tend to be more effective and more widely used than natural pyrethrins.


Permethrin is found in most of the pesticides used to control pests on people, pets, and property. Permethrin can be found in …human lice shampoo, spot on flea controls, flea and tic collars, flea and tic dips and shampoos, flea bombs, roach foggers, lawn and garden sprays, indoor pest control sprays, powders, and numerous other products. Worse yet is the fact that some of these products with “Organic” certification contain “Permethrin”.

Permethrin is a manmade synthetic pyrethroid insecticide because it resembles naturally-occurring chemicals with insecticidal properties, called pyrethroids.


The term “pyrethrins” refers to the natural insecticides and pesticides derived from chrysanthemum flowers; “permethrin” and “pyrethroids” are synthetic chemicals, and “pyrethrum” is a general term that describes either natural pyrethrins or synthetic pyrethroids. Again, no matter what the vet or pest control company tells you, these are not “SAFE”, natural products. They are neurotoxic (nervous system) POISONS that cause serious health problems for humans, pets, animals, birds, and aquatic life.

Repeated use of these conventional pesticides form high toxicity levels in people and pets. It is suggested that you avoid their use whenever possible. Toxic pesticides can be inhaled, absorbed through your skin, and ingested. The majority of people believe (or led to believe) that just because pesticide use is so common or has EPA registration, it must not be harmful.  EPA registration of a pesticide does not mean that it is “safe.” Many pesticides with EPA registration are categorized as “Toxic, known carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxin, developmental toxin, immune system toxin, and endocrine disruptor”.

Commonly used Pesticides and products they can be found in:

Permethrinused in hundreds of products for people, pets, and property

Pyrethrins – used in hundreds of products for people, pets, and property

Fipronilused in Pet Pest Control Products

Imidacloprid used in Pet Pest Control Products

Glyphosate used in Weed Killers

Malathion used in City, State, Federal Mosquito Control Programs

Sulfometuron used in Weed Killers and Pest Control Products: used on right of ways, roadsides, public land

Deet used in personal Insect Repellents

Boric AcidPowder and Dust Pest Control Products


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