IRIM & i3 Pest Management

Commercial and Residential Pest Management Tailored to the 21st Century

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Summary: IRIM™ stands for Integrated Reduced-Impact Methods. It describes a program tailored to fit sensitive environments such as residential homes, medical facilities, schools, scientific laboratories, and anywhere that neither noxious pests nor toxic pesticides are welcome; i3 stands for interdiction, interception, and inoculation, and is a specialized IRIM procedure that is used to nullify the ability of termites to infest and damage manufactured structures and botanicals. It uses organic, chemical free, non-toxic, and least-toxic termiticides and biological agents.  We developed these programs to answer the need for workable methods and products that compete successfully with traditional and "advanced" pest management practices based on toxic chemical pesticides. We believe the only way that IPM works in the real world is when it costs no more, takes no more time to perform, and produces results comparable to the best toxicant-chemical based programs.  IRIM™ and i3 not only meet those criteria, but--in the best possible spirit of the IPM credo--have the potential to work even better and, in the long run, cost less to administer and maintain.  Scroll down to read the full text of this article.

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Like most pest management firms, we started off using traditional methods and products, and serving typical pest management customers. I was not pleased with the results we were getting, and began looking for a better way. In the process it became clear that least-toxic products worked best, especially in combination with improved sanitation and exclusion tactics.

Beginning in 1986, I decided to focus the company's work on pest management for hospitals, nursing and medical facilities, and schools.  Each of these offered unique challenges, and I believed we would learn more by conquering giant problems than by following the path most traveled. Besides, ordinary pest management, both then and now, requires the practitioner to exaggerate the risks posed by certain pests (such as carpenter ants and spiders) to justify higher prices.  Such business practices are distasteful to me, but I had no qualms about charging a reasonable fee for our work. Upon gaining expertise in specialized fields of pest management, we should be able to charge somewhat more for our work without embellishing on its importance or on the risks attending the pests we were forced to deal with.

Tackling the unusual pest problems of that period required expertise, dedication, and perseverance. Soon we developed a reputation for keeping sensitive environments pest-free when and where few others could.  And, as expected, our work commanded higher fees than those associated with ordinary, run-of-the-mill pest management projects.

Starting in Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin, the company's work spread to Temple, Waco, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownwood, Mount Pleasant, Midland, Odessa, and many points in between.  Over the next decade more than seventy nursing homes, hospitals, school buildings, and residential homes, scattered all over Texas, were added to the company's pest-free program. EntomoBiotics Inc. not only killed bugs well, but did so using the least-toxic products available.  That's what made our programs famous. 

As company founder and general manager, I insisted on using techniques and products that, while tough on bugs, were easy on humans and their pets.  "Our method of pest management," I announced, "must never compromise a client's comfort or put anyone's health or safety--including that of our own personnel--on the line." So I moved the company away from sprays and toxicants, and emphasized gels and growth regulators.  They cost more, but worked so much better that a reduction in call-backs made the extra cost worth it.  As soon as biologically-based pesticides became available, I put them to work, too, with the same results. 

I then began work on developing a device that monitors the soil around structures for termites. Eventually I chose to use harmless nematodes and other biological agents as the active ingredient in that device, to enable it to nullify the ability of termites to infest and damage manufactured structures and botanicals such as shrubs and trees. That device, the EntomoBiotic™ Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI), was developed specifically for sensitive environments, and, as part of the IRIM™ Team, has proved remarkably effective everywhere it is used. Several patents later, with more patent applications on file and others still in process, that device is finally ready to be marketed and put to work solving problems for termite control professionals and typical homeowners and business owners.

IRIM™ Pest Management isn't expensive, but it isn't inexpensive either.  We told our customers that in the long run IRIM™ actually costs less than traditional programs, even if it appears to cost more in the short term.  That was truer than we knew. Despite its superior, advanced features, it doesn't even cost more than competing programs in the short term.  We were honestly surprised to discover, several years ago, that the fees we charged using IRIM™ were no higher than those charged by our best competitors, on a true apples-to-apples basis, even though those competitors continued to use outdated methods and outmoded products. And, when we made that discovery, we didn't respond by raising our prices. Instead, we told our customers that we would match, dollar for dollar, any of our competitors prices for any of the pest management services we provide.

How IRIM™ Pest Management Works

Inspection and analysis form the first line of defense in the IRIM™ Pest Management program, followed by application and documentation.  Every treatment visit is thoroughly recorded in our proprietary IRIM™ Treatment & Procedures Record for the customer's files and ours. Whether a hospital, nursing home, public school, or residential home, the IRIM™ Treatment & Procedures Record we use is the same.

Our IRIM™ Treatment & Procedures Record isn't just a yellow sheet with checkmarks and a signature.  It's a detailed report that conveys sensible, easy to read information.  If anyone wants to know how pests are managed at one of our customer's sites, all they have to do is read through the customer's IRIM™ file.  It's all there, in a set of up-to-date, easy-to-read documents that spell out, in plain English, the services we performed on every visit, including arrival and departure times, exactly where and how we placed pest management products, what and how much of each product we used, and what we uncovered during each of our inspections. 

Some conditions merit special reports that describe our research into cause and effect.  At some of our client facilities, for example, it isn't unusual for the monthly IRIM™ T&P Records we file with the customer to be as much as half an inch thick.  These records contain written descriptions and diagrams that explain steps we are taking to resolve particularly difficult pest issues that demand special management techniques.  We document the details of our consultations, the research we perform preparatory to each job, as well as our treatments themselves, as part of the IRIM™ Pest Management program.  We also conduct in-service consultative sessions to educate our customer and their personnel on the way we perform pest management.

If you operate, administer, or live in a sensitive environment anywhere in Texas, the IRIM™ Pest Management program is made for you.  If you are thinking of upgrading your current pest management program, let me come by to explain how IRIM™ will make your life easier.

Below are some of the points I will emphasize on that visit:

IRIM™ wipes out fire ants, cockroaches, rats. mice, and houseflies--the most serious pest problems sensitive environments face--using the best, least-toxic, and non-toxic methods available.

IRIM™ covers all pests, including termites in our optional i
3 termite nullification program, for one monthly fee. With IRIM™ you don’t need to budget for unusual pest expenses, because our monthly fee covers practically everything. If your site is at risk for, or has an existing termite infestation, we will quote our optional, exclusive, i3 termite interdiction, interception, and inoculation program, using least-toxic and non-toxic termiticides and wood preservatives for termite interdiction and fungi control, plus non-toxic devices to intercept termite colonies in the soil outside, and harmless entomopathogenic nematodes and biological adjuvants to inoculate and nullify the intercepted termite colonies.  And, like all other aspects of IRIM™, i3 is done at an affordable price.

Some of our clients don't want or need general pest management services.  If all you need is our i3 termite nullification program, that's fine with us.  We can quote i3 as a stand-alone program, and if that is all you want, that is all you will pay for.     

Both IRIM™ and i
3 termite nullification provide for emergencies, too. You don’t need surprises, especially financial ones. If an emergency arises that requires an unscheduled visit to your site, you won’t pay a penny more for IRIM™ or i3 to take care of it.

How much does IRIM™ cost? Most likely, about what you would pay for conventional pest management. Also, i
3 termite nullification is priced comparably to the termite colony control and elimination programs offered by other pest management firms. The guarantees and warranties we provide are not just comparable, but are often superior to those offered by other pest management firms. Superior pest management is within your reach. We want you satisfied with our service for a long time, so we keep our prices reasonable from the start.

Questions? Call (512)331-1111 now to schedule a consultation. Let me explain our time-tested IRIM™ Pest Management program for sensitive environments, and describe our i
3 termite nullification program. Make pest problems at your site a thing of the past. If unexpected extra costs, return visits that don’t work, and unresponsive technicians that pass the buck are a problem, give us a call.  IRIM™ will make those problems disappear.

EntomoBiotics Inc. is licensed and controlled by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Structural Pest Control Service, telephone
(512) 305-8250 or 866-918-4481.

We have over 27 continuous years of experience in pest management in Texas, and we guarantee results.  Contact us directly by calling (512)331-1111, or click on the following link to send an email to me directly at jerry.cates@entomobiotics.com.

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