Green Pest Control – Green Shield Rated

May 28, 2008 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

Now that we are in the warmer months, at least out here in California where I live the question of controlling those pests that always seem to invade about now…..

Well if you are trying to get or stay certified under any of those green building programs most award points for integrated pest management (IPM). For instance in the LEED for existing buildings program it is worth 1 point.

So what does this entail and is it worth the effort?

Well from the Buildings.com Website: (http://www.buildings.com/articles/detail.aspx?contentID=6108)

“IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life-cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest-control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.”

The article does a good job of going over the basics, but I would really want to hire an expert in this approach and for this there is a non-profit who provides what else but certification. The rating title is “Green Shield Certified” and the organization’s website can be found here: http://www.greenshieldcertified.org/

There is also a process for you to get your building certified under this program as well. I suppose that this might be a real plus for residential buildings in their marketing and as a method to reduce sensitivity complaints that are often caused by pesticides. Speaking as a person with some of those sensitivities I will be looking up who in my area is rated and seeking proposals tomorrow!

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