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Rivard's Resources: IPM

Donald Rivard Phone: 781-899-5843

Consultant/Owner Fax: 781-642-0693

177 Seminole Avenue Website:

Waltham MA 02451-0859 Email: donrivard22@comcast.net

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: government agencies, health care institutions, as well as the food processing, distribution and service industry.

Rivard's Resources: IPM advocates for the reduction of pests and pesticides. We work with organizations by providing education, training, consulting and assist with research.

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

IPM is the use of two or more strategies to correct or precent pest infestations. It is imperative to sustain successful IPM that all stakeholders fulfill their responsibilities in their partnership.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Inspection, monitoring, cleaning and preventive maintenance must be performed on a regular basis. Treatments are only scheduled, as needed, after other methods are employed and only to targeted areas.

How are pest problems identified?

Problems are identified through the activities above. If a pest is found they must be properly identified before deciding on action. Monitoring is an ongoing activity that includes deployment of sticky, light, mechanical and other trapping devices.

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

Inspect, monitor, document, educate, train and advise. As a certified applicator, I only apply pesticides for research or training situations.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Pheromone traps

 

Do you use borates?

I advise on their application in appropriate settings.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

pyrethroids, on rare occasions

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

insecticide baits (Maxforce - hydramethylnon; Siege -hydramethylnon; Avert - abamectin; Pre-Empt - imidacloprid); boric acid; Rozol for rodents (chlorophacinone).

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

If used at all, I expect less than a couple of pounds, injected into cracks and crevices and voids.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Advise on exclusion; occasional use of copper gauze, caulks, expanding foams, door sweeps and screening.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

mechanical traps and the items mentioned above.

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

N/A

 

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

termites baits: Premise (imidacloprid), Termidor (fipronil)

cockroaches gel baits, boric acid

fleas insect growth regulators, pyrethrins

carpenter ants baits, boric acid

fire ants N/A

ants (indoor) baits, boric acid

crabgrass N/A

dandelions N/A

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Through inspection and ongoing monitoring; analysis of documented findings for trends and patterns.

References

Boston Housing Authority (Mitch Allen: 617/988-5211); Margaret Reid at Boston Public Health Commission (617/534-2673); Dr. Wanda Phipanathkul, allergist at Boston Children's Hospital (617/355-5925); Bryan Glasgock at City of Boston, Environment Department (617/635-3850); Doug Dickson, Chair, Newton IPM Committee (617/969-8661).