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Bio-Logical Pest Management, Inc.

Alan Cohen Phone: 202-669-6363

President Fax:  

PO Box 9578 Website: www.biopestman.com

Washington DC 20016 Email: biopestman@gmail.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

Low-risk, full-service, structural pest management services and consulting. Serving the MD/DC/VA metro area. Information & sales of alternative products nationwide.


What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

IPM is a site-specific, information-rich system of management of pests, starting with exclusion. If monitoring indicates high level of pests, baits may be used with more monitoring, physical controls (ex. caulking), doorstrips, screen repair, and habitat modification.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Only monitoring is done on a schedule. Pesticides are never applied without monitoring for pest populations, and are never applied according to schedule.

 

How are pest problems identified?

Skilled external and inside inspections are preformed and sticky traps (pheromone traps for roaches & moths) are used.


What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

Assessment of the environment around the house and inspect the building envelop to find openings for pests to enter. Check, repair or install door strips and use exclusion techniques to prevent pest entry. We also monitor with sticky traps.


Do you use biological controls?

Yes, nematodes are applied to the soil (and in the galleria for termites) and used for flea control on grass in yards. Can use parasites to control cockroaches and flies.

Do you use borates?

Yes. Borate liquid, granular, and gel baits used for Ants, Carpenter Ants, Crickets, Roaches & silverfish management.


Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Occasionally, 0.001% fipronil gel baits are used for carpenter ant control and Advance Termite bait stations fare used only when there is an active termite hit on the station.

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

TimBor; Niban; Victor Pheromone Traps; Diatomaceous Earth; Meal Moth Traps; Dr. Moss ant bait; Gourmet ant bait gel; Colthing Moth Pheromone Traps; High Temperature Steam Heat.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

Very small amounts. (measured in ghrams per property treated)


Does your company perform habitat modification?

Drainage changes to discourage termites, removal of mulch for founations or of carboard boxes & clutter control for roaches, silverfish or bed bugs.

 

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes. Caulking around pipes & electrical conduits, replacing door strips, installing gravel to replace mulch at foundations, caulking cracks in kitchens, etc. For fungus gnats, soil in indoor plants must be dried out and stirred.

 

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Amaze Corn Gluten pre-emergence weed killer, Compost Tea, and Organic Fertilizer

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites TimBor, external bait stations.

cockroaches Pheromone Traps and boric acid baits.

fleas High temperature steam, boric acid NDE powder (then vacuumed up).

carpenter ants Niban bait, and Max force carpenter ant gel bait.

fire ants Not a problem in D.C./MD

ants (indoor) Niban-FG, Gourmet ant gel, and boric acid

crabgrass Overseeding and corn gluten.

dandelions Corn gluten pre-mergence and adjust pH with lime (dandelions perfer acidic soil)

other Yellow jackets-ground nest vacuuming and mint oil spray. Mice-copper exclusion mesh, expanding foam and mortar mix.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Monitoring with sticky traps is performed after any treatment for crawling insects. Yearly termite monitoring inspections performed (quarterly for external baits stations in season.)

 

References

Available upon request.