Integrated Pest Management Testimonials
Heather Zindash serves as the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) consultant for the Westchester apartment complex (a cooperative) in NW Washington, DC. The Westchester is a 500+ unit, 10-acre site built in the late 1920’s on Cathedral Avenue. One of Heather’s most important accomplishments is creating a better understanding of the value of IPM among the grounds committee, the board of directors, and management staff. Heather’s oversight and coordination of the work of several contractors who provide landscaping and tree maintenance services to the Westchester is a primary factor in our movement toward more sustainable practices for lawns, landscape plants, rain gardens, and our sunken garden (a managed area at the center of our campus where flowers and shrubs provide beauty and comfort). One excellent example of Heather’s guidance is the improved mosquito management at the Westchester. Regular observations of mosquito habits, reduction of standing water, and the application of targeted bacterial insecticides have led to far fewer mosquito complaints, even though our residents are using the campus more during the COVID pandemic, and while the rainfall this year is much above normal. As a member of the grounds committee, I am very satisfied with Heather’s contribution to our community.
~ Neal Fitzpatrick
I had the pleasure of having Heather scout over 300 acres at Architect of the Capitol in DC. Heather exceeded my expectations and provided much-needed education diagnosis and training for our staff. Her knowledge and passion for agriculture are truly unmatched. Overall, I was very pleased with the deliverables, professionalism, and attention to detail, Heather definitely improved the quality of our landscape and operators.
~ Dr. Megan Wilkerson, Ph. D.