Who We Are
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Consultancy is the sole proprietary consulting business service of Sam Bryks. After 30 years working for others in Pest Management and other areas of environmental health, I have started this small organization to provide a variety of different services to the marketplace at large. I am happy to work with individual homeowners to help them address difficult problems as well as organizations who are involved in ensuring healthy environments in housing and/or the workplace. I have been involved at various points in my career in pest management in a wide range of sectors including food industry in all aspects from food processing, retail and hospitality as well as in hospitals, and housing settings of all kinds. I have also worked with Health Departments in problem solving, as well as various associations in housing. I am also available to pest control industry firms small or large in bringing a quality approach of IPM and supporting their work. I believe in partnerships that are mutually beneficial and in which, giving one’s word is even better than paper contracts though these are needed for clarity and protection, and to refresh sometime poor memory.
Unlike some organizations, I do not withhold knowledge by limiting or restricting access to materials I have developed as a “members only” requirement, but believe in open access to resources and sharing of knowledge. I like to develop trust in those with whom I interact, so when my help is needed as chargeable work, clients appreciate what I do for them as a truly value added service. Selling knowledge based services in pest control management is sometimes difficult for some organizations to comprehend as they are more used to paying for someone to “spray” the place, but in the current climate of “hot” pest control issues such as bed bugs, or risk in food industry or even closure of a restaurant due to cheap and failing services, there is high value to purchasing knowledge that will provide longlasting outcomes and benefits.
That is what I like to do for clients. For more details on my work experience click here.
What we do
Our goal is to ensure that best practices in pest management are being used in order to effectively eliminate pests in a safe manner, with the least use of pesticides possible in a sustainable model of prevention and early intervention.
Pests have had a long history of impact on human health both directly in spreading disease and creating stress and indirectly in competing with man for food in attacking various crops.
There was a period in the twentieth century after WW II when it seemed that the modern pesticides had provided that magical “silver bullet” in killing pests effectively and stopping malaria spread by mosquitoes as well as other diseases vectored by rodents, fleas as well as enabling improvement in crop yields. This period began to end by the late 50′s with development of early resistance to DDT – the first ideal pesticide, and by the time of the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, there were also concerns about contamination of the environment and on human health. We have experienced a variety of issues of difficulties of control of pests and also diseases vectored by pests including West Nile Fever, Western Equine Encephalitis vectored by mosquitoes, Lyme’s Disease vectored by ticks, and the impact of resistance of mosquitoes.
Cockroaches have had major impact on children in low income housing in North America due to allergies and asthma caused by cockroach allergens, and there are concerns about impact of repeated pesticide use on the developing fetus, and on children in these environments.
Our goal is to enable use of Integrated Pest Management in housing environments to best effect. The bed bug resurgence has emphasized how important this is and that unsatisfactory practices predicated by low bid services must be replaced by responsible IPM programs.
All of our work in pest management relates to this ideal of best practice, and our goal is to enable this through our services.
We subscribe to a Societal Response to the bed bug crisis, but also to management of other serious pests.