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Cooper Pest Solutions, Inc

Phillip Cooper Phone: 609-799-1300

President Fax:

351 Lawrence Station Road Website: www.cooperpest.com

Lawrenceville NJ 08648 Email: phil.cooper@cooperpest.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

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Cooper Pest Solutions services are developed to reduce exposure to pesticides while providing effective levels of control against the pests to be managed. The programs are overseen and developed by Richard Cooper. Richard develops the programs with IPM principles in mind. There are a wide range of services that we offer both to the residential and commercial sectors. They range from comprehensive service programs to pest specific programs.

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

Integrated Pest Management is an approach to pest management that achieves satisfactory levels of pest control while minimizing the potential risks associated witht eh use of pesticides. The cornerstones of an IPM program include:
1. Prevention of pests through correction of conditions that promote pest activity or entry (I.e. landscaping, solid waste management, moisture management, physical repairs, etc.)
2. Education of building occupants regarding IPM concepts and the role they play in the IPM effort.
3. Ongoing insepctions and monitoring of areas that are conducive or prone to pest activity.
4. Establishment of Pest Action Thresholds.
5. Pest Activity Response Plan that begins with non-chemical control measures. In the event that pesticides become necessary, risk is managed by minimizing toxicity as well as exposure. This is accomplished by selecting low impact methrods, using low volatility formulations, and applying the materials using least exposure methods.
6. Ongoing evaluation of monitoring data, pest activity history, and corrective actions in order to prevent future re-occurrences of pest problems and maintain a dynamic and evolving IPM program.


 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

IPM programs have scheduled visits during which time pest activity logs are checked and inspections of areas that are prone to pest activity are performed. Monitoring devices are also checked during these visits and any observations of pest activity or corrective actions that are necessary are recorded and brought to the attention of the IPM coordinator.

How are pest problems identified?

Pests are either reported in the pest activity log or they are detected during routine inspections. Once we become aware of a pest problem, the area where the pest activity is occurring is inspected, and if pests are present, sight identification will be made and if verification is necessary, pests will be examined by our Staff Entomologist. Conditions that contributed to the pest problem will be identified and recommendations made to eliminate or correct these conditions if practical. If additional corrective actions are necessary, non-chemical approaches will be considered unless the Action Thresholds have been reached. If action thesholds have been reached, the use of low impact materials and methods will become an option for possible consideration. The area where the pest activity occurred will be monitored, if practical and the appriate number of follow-up visits scheduled, based upon the nature of the pest problem. Monitoring techniques will vary based upon the type of pest. Some examples include visual monitoring of pest activity along windows, in light fixtures, above drop ceilings, along baseboards, etc. to locate dead insects or presence of feces, etc. Other examples of monitoring include the use of mechanical devices such as insect or rodent glue boards, pheremone traps, toxic monitoring baits, and insect light traps, etc.

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

Prevention is based upon removing conditions that are conducive to pests. Vegetation that is in contact with the structure is trimmed back, pest entry points into structures are sealed. Recommendations are also made to clinets regarding proper routing of moisture away from the structure, solid waste management, storage practices, sanitation practices, etc. As mentioned previously, prevention of pests is accomplished by making environments inhospitable to pest activity.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Bio-remediation products are used in maintenance of drains primarily for the assistance in the long-term control of small flies that live and breed in the organic matter that accumulates in plumbing lines.

 

Do you use borates?

Boric acid is commonly used as one of the low impact pesticide choices. Examples of borate based pesticides include Boric Acid Dust for use in cracks and crevices, boric acid insect baits, and Timbor for wood-destroying beetles.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Synthetic Chemicals are used as a last resort in our IPM programs. These materials are typically limited to the synthetic pyrethrins (for example Suspend SC and Tempo WP). Other examples of synthetic chemicals that are among the more commonly used include Termidor (Fipronil) and Phantom (Chlorfenapyr).

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

1. Maxforce Gel for Carpenter Ants (Fipronil)
2. Maxforce Gel for Ants (Fipronil)
3. Maxforce Gel for Roaches (Fipronil)
4. Maxforce Bait Stations for Roaches (Fipronil)
5. Avert Cockroach Bait (Abamectin)
6. Perma Dust (Boric Acid)
7. Suspend SC (Deltamethrin)
8. Termidor SC (Fipronil)
9. Tempo WP (Cyfluthrin)
10. Contrac Rodent Bait (Bromadiolone)


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

1. Maxforce Gel for Carpenter Ants: 150 cases/year, applied primarily for exterior crack and crevice, typically 30 grams or less per structure.
2. Maxforce Gel for Ants: 100 cases/yr, primarily exterior crack and crevice, typically 10 grams or less per structure.
3. Maxforce Gel for Roaches: 90 cases/year, crack and crevice or spot application, interior.
4. Maxforce Bait Stations for Roaches: 40 cases/yr. Crack and crevice or spot application, interior.
5. Avert Cockroach Bait: 30 cases/yr; crack and crevice, interior.
6. Perma Dust: 30 cases/yr; crack and crevice, interior.
7. Suspend SC: 40 cases/yr; primarily exterior foundation, typically 1.5 gallons per structure.
8. Termidor SC: 40 cases/yr; exterior foundation, typically less than 1 gallon per structure.
9. Tempo WP: 10 cases/yr; applied along interface between wood and grass for control of ticks.
10. Contrac Rodent Bait: 50 cases/yr; Tamper resistant bait stations only.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Currently habitat modification is limited to trimming back of vegetation. Recommendations are given to clients for habitat modification.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Use of caulks and other sealants to exclude pest entry. Other mechanical controls consist of mechanical devices such as rodent traps, insect light traps, vacuum cleaners, steam, etc.

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

N/A

 

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

termites Sentricon Baiting Program or Termaware Program (Exterior liquid treatment with limited interior spot treatment using Termidor followed by ongoing monitoring and inspection program).

cockroaches Baiting programs along with use of insect growth regulator, vacuuming, and ongoing monitoring.

fleas Insect growth regulator along with single application of contact material for adults, in some situations flea traps are also used (extensive client education regarding care of pets and home).

carpenter ants Carpenter ants are controlled in a manner similar to indoor nuisance ant problems. Carpenter Ants can be resolved by exterior measures using baits and in some cases a small amount of a liquid residual. Interior use of pesticides is typically not necessary, but if work is done inside it is based upon the use of ant baits.

fire ants N/A

crabgrass N/A

ants (indoor) Indoor ant problems are resolved by exterior measures using baits and in some cases a small amount of a liquid residual. Interior use of pesticides is typically not necessary, but if work is done inside it is based upon the use of ant baits.

dandelions N/A

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

The ultimate evaluation is if we can bring the population of the pest below the action threshold. By achieving this on a consisten basis we will reduce the potential for use of pesticides. A macro Assessment of our success is the amount of pesticides purchased in compariosn to the sales we are generating. We are always looking for this percentage to drop as it is an indicator that we are using less pesticides which will point to an increase in non-chemical controls being successful.The final evaluation is conducted by Richard Cooper, who oversees all of our programs to insure that they meet the standards and criteria set by the company for reducing exposure to pesticides while insuring that pest management is fulfilled.

References

Mary Levenstein, MD, PhD
4570 Province Line Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540-2212
609-683-0692
Author of ""Everyday Cancer Risks and How to Avoid Them."