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Praxis

Samuel DeFazio, Patrick McKown, Phone: 616-673-2793
Jean McKown
Fax: 616-673-2793

2723 116th Avenue Website: www.praxis-ibc.com

Allegan MI 49010-9023 Email: praxis@allegan.net

Service Categories: structural commercial school

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Ten years ago, Allegan Public Schools, in Allegan Michigan became the first school district in the nation to eliminate pesticide use due to insecticide resistance in favor of a new broader more effective environmental management strategy based on biology rather than chemistry, called Integrated Biological Cybernetics (IBC) our award winning proprietary innovation. Praxis's site specific approach is based on sound scientific principals such as sanitation, mechanical barriers, micro-habitat modification, the predator-prey relationship, parasitoids, entomopathogenic diseases, accurate identification of the pest index, knowledge of their lifecycles and constant and diligent monitoring. All environmental management challenges on a wide variety of issues and pests including, cockroaches, termites, filth and biting flies, ants, wasps, moth & drain flies, gypsy moth, mosquitoes, moldy carpets, etc. have been successfully met. Reducing the risk of vectoring diseases, allergic responses, and envenomation. It is important to recognize IBC is a process, not an event. Pesticide use reduction is 100%. Praxis is of the opinion, based on our observations and experience, that the use of pesticides pose an insurmountable barrier to long term, cost effective, environmentally sound pest management. Praxis uses no genetically modified organisms (GMO'S) as part of any Biotool Kit.
Praxis works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.


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

IPM is a pest management strategy that focuses on long term prevention or suppression of pest problems with a minimum impact on human health, the environment, and non-target organisms and is based on biological control. Pest management techniques included in this IPM planning include: 1.) Encouraging excellence in sanitation and waste management techniques; 2.) Exclusion and habitat modification so that harborage of pests is severely limited or eliminated, including the modification of air movement and humidity in micro-environments; 3.) Precise and diligent trapping; 4.) Augmentative biological controls, with inoculative and inundative releases to support naturally occurring biological control agent populations; and, 5.) Selection of pest and disease resistant varieties for grounds management using good horticultural practices. This IPM plan includes use of biological control agents such as parasitic wasps and entemogenous nematodes, as well as EPA registered microbial (primarily fungal) agents, including those which cause mechanical damage to the exoskeleton of pest, microbial componentswhich cause diseases among pests, and insect growth regulators (IGR's) which prevent the development and sexual maturity of pests. District policies, local, state and federal laws or regulations. The supervising Contractor (Praxis), the supplier of biological controls and other control agents, is an independent contractor which will supervise the implementation of this IPM plan per agreement with, as that term is used in applicable state statutes and regulations.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Monitoring is performed daily. Biological releases are performed only when pests are present.

How are pest problems identified?

Identification is done through trapping and identification of pest to genus. Pheromone and blunder traps are used.

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

Primarily through biological control.

Do you use biological controls?

Praxis has over 1000 beneficial insects, mites, nematodes, protozoan, bacteria and virus biotools in our site specific biotool kits. We have the largest selection in the United States.

 

Do you use borates?

Yes, in mopping and void spaces.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

None

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

None

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

None

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes. Caulking cracks, holes, etc. We also deal with air movement.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

We use insect barrier cloth, bird & bat exclusion and rodent barrier.

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

None. We use a biological consortium that fixes nitrogen from the air and compost from on site leaffall and clippings.

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

termites Academy Biotool Kit.

cockroaches Academy Biotool Kit.

fleas Academy Biotool Kit.

carpenter ants Academy Biotool Kit.

fire ants Academy Biotool Kit.

ants (indoor) Academy Biotool Kit.

crabgrass Academy Biotool Kit.

dandelions Academy Biotool Kit.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

We evaluate our effectiveness through the fact that we have had no complaints and no pest sitings. The Health Department inspections of our sites were given 100% and the Department of Agriculture inspections of our sites were given 100%.

 

References

Allegan Public Schools, Allegan, MI; Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI.