Integrated Pest Management

When it comes to pest control, we practice integrated pest management (IPM). IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. In many cases, the ‘pests’ we’re called about aren’t causing an issue and won’t. Some are beneficial. With an integrated approach, we can identify which insects/pests we’re dealing with allowing us to choose the best method for handling each case. This may mean eliminating the pest, or as in this case, relocating them. Better for the insect and better for us long-term.
We received a call from a homeowner about bumble bees in a sprinkler control box preventing him from turning on his system. With bumble bees being such a valuable and necessary part of our eco-system, we decided relocating them was far better than eliminating them. The homeowner agreed.

Monday morning: A bumble bee nest located in a sprinkler control box

Bumble bee house

Choosing the nest relocation site

Technician arrival for the relocation project

Our technician (Kyle) suiting up in bee protection gear

Kyle transferring the bumble bee nest from sprinkler box into the shoe box ‘house’

Completing relocation of the nest

A final shot of new nest location

Bidding a fond adieu to Kyle, our technician, after a job well done!

A final wrap up of our bumble bee relocation project