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Find safer, more effective ways to manage pests with advice from San Franciso’s award-winning Integrated Pest Management Program.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that uses regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed; and employs a wide variety of tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent intolerable damage. Least-toxic chemical controls are reserved only as a last resort.Read>
Pesticides are targeted poisons. Just because they are each meant to target a specific pest does not mean they don't do harm to other living things. Some pesticides have the potential to wreak havoc on the environment and human health.Read>
Safer pest management begins at home - and at work. Here are suggestions for implementing IPM in buildings of all sorts.Read>
San Francisco has specific requirements for pest management procedures and products on City-owned properties. Read about them here.Read>
All pest control companies controlling pests in and around buildings must be licensed under California law. It isn't always easy to identify companies that practice a prevention-based, least toxic approach to managing pests. The key is to understand certifications, use appropriate contract language, and ask the right questions before hiring.Read>
Our collection of authoritative guidelines, tools and checklists on integrated pest management.Read>
Pest management is part of the US Green Building Council's LEED-EBOM certification. Learn how to use San Francisco's pesticide hazard criteria to meet your LEED requirements. Read>

Additional Information for Pest Management

LEED for Existing Buildings/Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM)
Checklists and reference guides from the US Green Building Council.
Directory of IPM Professionals for Buildings.
Companies listed here completed a survey by BIRC on pest management approaches.
Safety Source for Pest Management- Directory of IPM Professionals
The companies listed here completed the Beyond Pesticides survey and indicated that they use one or more practices and/or materials that we categorize as "non-toxic" or "least-toxic."
Green Pro
GreenPro is a new, national certification established by the National Pest Management Association.
Green Shield Certified
Green Shield is a rigorous independent certification administered by the nonprofit IPM Institute of North America.