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Common Urban Pests

comurbpstcov.jpgA new publication from Penn State Extension, Common Urban Pests: Identification, Prevention, and Control, encourages homeowners to use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to control pest-related problems.

“Over the last few years, we have seen different species starting to enter homes more often, and people may not be handling the situations safely or effectively,” said Steve Jacobs, senior extension associate and urban entomologist.

“They may not read the label on a pesticide, or they might use it improperly,” he said. “Or, the pesticide they have chosen or have on hand may not be designed to kill the pest that’s causing their problems.”

The publication, developed by experts in the college, includes photographs and information about 20 different insects and rodents, offers tips to manage pests in a safer and more effective manner, and is aimed at showing homeowners that prevention tactics often take care of most pest problems. It focuses on pests found in urban settings but is also relevant to suburban and rural locations that may have the same types of pests.

Most pest control companies use IPM tactics to manage pests, according to Jacobs, and make recommendations for preventing pest problems and treating problems with traps, baits, or the least toxic but effective materials.

IPM methods may appear to take longer and cost more up front than conventional pest management, but they are the better option, Jacobs stressed.

“Continuing IPM practices leads to more effective, longer-lasting control and a decrease in cost for pest management,” he said. “By using these methods, you’re keeping yourself, your family, and your pets safe from unnecessary exposure to insecticides.”

To order Common Urban Pests: Identification, Prevention, and Control, call 814-865-6713 (toll free: 877-345-0691).