What’s IPM?

Thanks for visiting Pest & Pollinator. We’re creating a new generation of eco-friendly pest control using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). That means we’ll look at your home habitat as a whole, and set you up with a custom IPM strategy for long term success.

Integrated Pest Management pyramid with 5 sections, lowest is tolerance level, then food & habitat modification, mechanical removal, bio-control and lastly chemical pest control. IPM
Rat icon symbolizing rat control

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Explained

In the 70’s and 80’s, after the heyday of DDT, farmers, food workers & pest control professionals needed a better way to manage pests. Overuse of early pesticides led to insects developing resistance and non-target exposure. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) was developed in response. Scientists and pest managers determined that the 5-step process would consider tolerance levels, environmental conditions, physical removal options, and biological controls before resorting to pesticides.

IPM, Integrated Pest Management diagram, inverted. At the top is tolerance level, descending to food & habitat modification, mechanical removal, bio control & lastly chemical. Integrated Pest Management is how farmers, gardeners, homeowners, food handlers and many others get the best pest control naturally.

How Does IPM Work?


  • The 1st step of Integrated Pest Management is determining your tolerance level. If pests damage property, that’s called surpassing the “economic injury level.” That’s when most folks call for help.
  • Removing habitat and food sources of rodents, ants, spiders and other pests solves many common issues.
  • Manually removing pests with traps or mechanical removal is the 3rd step. Some level of knowledge and skill is required.
  • Some pests can be controlled with biological pesticides. The bacterium BT (bacillus thurengensis) is used to kill mosquitos.
  • Chemical pesticides are always reserved as a last resort if all other options fail.

Safer Portland Pest Control with IPM

We’re committed to protecting pollinators, beneficial insects & wildlife. That’s why we review all steps of IPM and determine which are appropriate to solve your issue with the least impact on the environment. You can feel confident that if treatment does become necessary with EPA-registered products, that we have anticipated and eliminated or significantly reduced all hazard to pollinators, beneficial insects & wildlife compared to other extermination services.

Camas lily icon with small bee icon to the side

How can we help you?

1 + 9 =

About Me

Locally Owned & Operated. Portland Small Business. 

Keith Chaloux

Owner / IPM Specialist • Pest & Pollinator LLC

For nearly a decade, Keith has been managing habitat around Portland Oregon. First as an ecological restoration crew member for Ash Creek Forest Management LLC, he gained valuable hands-on experience with ecology, native plants, and botany.

In 2016, Keith was licensed for tree, turf & shrub care, wildlife control, and pest control for just about anything. Feeling mixed feelings about being an exterminator, he called on his experience with native habitats. When native species are restored, the ecosystem seems to function better and do it’s own pest control. Integrated Pest Management is the method to work with nature to create safe solutions for pest & invasive issues.

He started Pest & Pollinator in 2021 to promote habitat restoration in Portland backyards, provide safer, more eco-conscious pest control and to elevate IPM in the pest control industry.

In his free time Keith likes to look at bugs in his organic garden, explore the outdoors, and stand in the front at local Portland shows. Give him a call or email to learn more about integrated wildlife & pest management for Portland.


Check out more Insider IPM Tips on our Blog:

Find lots of great Portland pest control tips on our blog. Learn about Integrated Pest Management for common pest & invasive species issues in the Northwest!

5 Best Ways to Keep Your Home Naturally Pest Free

If you’ve ever had to get rats or ants out of the home, you know it can be a nightmare. Don’t let pest control be an...

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants Without Spraying Chemicals

Folks want to know how to eliminate ants without pesticides. Have you tried vinegar sprays, caulking, homemade, or...

What Does Humane Rat Removal Actually Look Like?

In Portland, humane rat removal is something folks are interested in. But what does humane rat removal actually mean?...

Hobo Spiders: Facts, Look-alikes and How To Get Rid of Them

Wondering how to get rid of those the huge brown—gray spiders scurrying menacingly across your floor? Look no further....

8 Natural Spider Repellents And How to Use Them

When looking for the best natural spider repellents, there’s actually lots of great options. We’ll look at a few...

How To Start A Permaculture Garden? Mulch!

Now more than ever, folks are wondering how to start a permaculture garden. This article will detail some creative...

Why Portland Rat Control Can Actually Be Green

In Portland rat control is incredibly important. We have a multitude of gardens, aging garages and old homes that are...

The Truth About Organic Pest Control Regulations

Are all organic pest control products non-toxic to humans? Who regulates all natural organic pest control chemicals?...

Are Ponderosa Pines the Best Hope for Climate Ready Trees?

Many gardeners are now seeking climate ready trees as the effects of global warming begin to alter our ecosystems....

Experience our IPM Services

We are licensed and trained to create IPM strategies for all kinds of pest issues. From carpenter ant and rat removal to invasive weed and plant disease control. We offer organic and chemical free pest control options for most services.