We take our responsibility to the environment seriously. We are committed to being responsible stewards, and follow a multi-pronged approach to reduce the risk to the environment.
At Total Property Control, we take our responsibility to the environment seriously. We are committed to being responsible stewards. We follow a multi-pronged approach to reduce the risk to the environment.
First, all our personnel have the state-required education, training, licensure, and certifications. We exceed the minimum requirements for training, as education is the biggest component of safety. Our staff has training, licensure, and/or certification in Lawn & Ornamental Pest Control, General Household Pest Control, Wood-Destroying Organisms Pest Control, Fumigation, Soil Fumigation, and Florida’s Green Industries Best Management Practices, among others. We follow all laws and regulations regarding pest control, including chemical selection, application rates, and application intervals.
The GI-BMPs are a science-based educational program for Green Industry workers (lawn-care and landscape maintenance professionals), developed by UF-IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program. The GI-BMPs teach environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida’s ground and surface waters. They can also save the Florida homeowner money, time, and effort; increase the beauty of the home landscape; and protect the health of people, pets, and the environment. This training is designed to provide corporate, governmental, environmental, and other personnel the Best Management Practices for lawn and landscape.
Second, we subscribe to the Integrated Pest Management approach. Instead of deciding to treat a home or landscape for pests just because the calendar shows it is due, we inspect the area to see what is needed. This environmentally sound alternative to constant pesticide use is a combination of pest control. IPM promotes the use of the least toxic method of pest control, pest-resistant plants, and the natural enemies of pests.
IPM utilizes five components to reduce the risk of exposure of harmful pesticides to people, animals, and the environment:
- Cultural IPM - This is the proper selection and maintenance (mowing, pruning, and irrigation) of your lawn and landscape plants. Keeping landscapes healthy reduces susceptibility to disease and reduces the need for chemical treatment.
- Biologic IPM - This is the release and/or conservation of natural enemies and beneficial organisms. Natural enemies (such as ladybugs or mantids) can be purchased and released in pest-infested landscapes. Landscapes can also be designed to provide habitat for natural enemies.
Work with nature! Planting a variety of flowering plants in your landscape can increase the population of beneficial insects that eat the harmful insects.
- Genetic IPM - This is the breeding of grasses and plants that are resistant to key pests. When designing a landscape, the selection of resistant plant species is an integral part of IPM. Talk to a nursery specialist for more information about such plants.
- Chemical Control - When chemicals are necessary, choose a newer, more selective chemical such as a microbial insecticide or insect growth regulator. While these new chemicals may only target a few pest species, they may be applicable in certain situations. Be sure to read all labels carefully and follow the directions for proper application.
Spot treat. When chemical treatment is necessary, be sure to just treat the affected plant or area. Indiscriminately using chemicals is wasteful, increases the amount of harmful run-off, and kills both pests and beneficial organisms. Following pesticide application, beneficial insect populations are slow to rebuild.
Natural Products For Insect Pest Management. A variety of oils and soaps can be used to control some insect pests and mites. For example, insecticidal soaps made from plant oils (such as cottonseed and palms) can be used to control some pests when the plant oils are applied directly to the pests. Care must be used when applying soaps to plants. Some species of plants may be quite sensitive to the spray and you could hurt the plant.
- Monitoring - Understand the lifecycle of a pest and know which plants and conditions it prefers.
Check your plants regularly. Make it a habit to walk around your yard every two weeks and look closely at your plants. Identify pests and spot treat when necessary.
Treat problems early. The early stages of insect infestations can be addressed by picking off insects by hand or pruning plants.
Thirdly, we stay current in knowledge, and network with chemical manufacturers, technical representatives, and sales representatives in order to keep up with the newest information on pests and chemicals. We utilize Reduced Risk Pesticides when possible. A reduced risk pesticide use is defined as one which may reasonably be expected to accomplish one or more of the following: (1) reduces pesticide risks to human health; (2) reduces pesticide risks to non-target organisms; (3) reduces the potential for contamination of valued, environmental resources, or (4) broadens adoption of IPM or makes it more effective.
Finally, we utilize technical and scientific resources to guide our work. We work with the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Services for training and information. We utilize state-run laboratories for identification, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations for termites, soil, mycology (mushrooms), and nematodes. We work with outside agricultural consultants, in order to refine our approaches to different pests.
In summary, Total Property Control is absolutely committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible. We are not a “spray and pray” company. We continually research best management practices and train our employees in the proper pest control methods.
A beautifully maintained yard attracts the attention of passersby and increases the value of your property.
We provide home and property owners with a complete array of pest management services.
We offer strategies to help prevent pest infestations, and to maintain a healthy lawn with minimal or no use of pesticides.
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