Invasive Plant Control, Inc. recognizes the sensitive state of the environment we work in and IPC trains its staff to understand each site as its own system. IPC trains staff to properly identify the invasive species on the site. Staff is than trained to identify the native species that look similar to the invasive species in the work zone. Once identification is complete our crews rely on an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to begin the on the ground control. IPC’s IPM approach relies heavily upon selectivity, timing and application method to reduce non target impact.
- On-the-Ground Management, using Integrated Pest Management
- Native plant installation - IPC works directly with the best native plant nurseries in the US to enhance your landscape once invasive plant management has been performed.
Early Detection Rapid Response
- IPC crews are prepared to travel anywhere in the world with 72 hours notive. Clients should utilize this service if there are concerns about unidentified species.
- Countless populations of invasive species could have been averted if control had occured immediately following the initial detection.
- IPC can mobilize a field crew to identify and eradicate new populations of invasive species before they become a problem.
Quality Assurance Plan
Quality control is administered through various components of everyday work. IPC published a book on bid specifications which outlines tough control measures recommended to vendors for invasive plant management projects. If allowed on a jobsite, IPC implements the following control measures (all are detailed in our employees handbook and ongoing training)
- Percentage holdback: Many of our clients holdback 10% of the project payment for one year until the client is certain that the intended treatments have been successful based upon our recommendations.
- IPC recommends clients include provisions in the contract which allow the vendor to penalize IPC in the event off target mortality rate is inadequate.
- IPC guarantees a % mortality rate based on the control method being used
- IPC visits sites frequently to determine the effectiveness of their control efforts. If the control is not adequate, IPC will return to the site at no extra cost to retreat the site.
- All jobsites require the use of applicable surfactants, marking dyes and other adjuvants that improve the quality of the application.
- IPC only uses the most selective techniques and chemicals when controlling invasive plants.
- Ongoing training exercises allow IPC staff to stay up to date on the latest and most selective technologies
- IPC is currently writing a book on tools and techniques which outlines the most appropriate methods for controlling invasives in the eastern United States
- IPC accommodates its site sheets to be specific to the agency it is working for. Appropriate data on the site sheets such as weather conditions and chemical usage allow us to track our daily routine and correct mistakes.