Integrated Control:

Pest Control takes on Military Tactics


When we make our lists of things to do, we often use a method we learned from another area of our lives. Perhaps our mother taught us a method of ordering our list by importance; we may use the alphabetical rule we learned in school. Some people use an association method so that they don’t forget what is on their list.

I used a “back trace” plan at work, basing my lists on a “back trace” plan; you start with the problem and walk it back to the beginning and ultimately the first step to solution. I can’t cook until I prep, can’t prep until I clean the kitchen, I can’t clean until I do dishes. The list then is: do dishes, clean kitchen, prep food and then cook.

For integrated pest control the list comes from a military strategy and ironically this “list” method can be used for just about any goal. The idea behind this strategy is that we concentrate on the central idea, in this case pest control, while being aware of external ramifications. For instance, how does this particular control affect the environment? The ramifications of any choice must be minimal or a different approach will be used.

People who follow politics often ask why our military takes so long to carry out a task. This is why, military operations are not just focused on the ultimate goal; they also figure in the area and the ramifications. You don’t take a gun to a knife fight, and vice versa.

So, for your “integrated list” making the rules are:

Identify: You figure out your reason or goal; pest control specialists identify your pests.

Quantify: How much distance stands between you and your goal; inspectors will figure out how big of a problem you have.

Determination: How important is this to you? How hard are you willing to work? : Your specialist will determine how much damage is done and how large the pest population may be, plus factor in growth statistics.

Specify: Decide exactly what small steps are necessary to reach your goal; in Pest control this is deciding the right treatments for your case.

Application: For your goals, this is work. Apply the specifics and cover some of the distance between your standing and your goal. : Your exterminator will follow the plan you have agreed upon.

Evaluate: Periodically check your progress. If you aren’t happy then you have to adjust your strategy; For your professional, the evaluation will be checking to see if the plan of action worked and how well. If added measures are necessary this will be discussed with you.

Looking at the list for integrated pest control it is easy to see why some companies are more successful than others. Pest control in Mesa is your first step on the list. Let them inspect your home and come up with the plan that is right for your home.






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