23 Feb 2015
What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
IPM is a method, which can be used for solving the pest problems while lessening the threats to people as well as the environment. Integrated Pest Management may be used for managing all types of pests anywhere.
Monitoring is also an important element of IPM. Monitoring means checking the site for identifying which pests are present, the number of pests that have infested or what is the damage that they have caused. Identifying the pest correctly is the key to knowing whether the pest is likely to become a threat and determining the best management strategy. Pests can even be controlled with IPM. There are various control methods that can be implemented like biological, cultural, physical, mechanical and chemical as the last resort.
With Integrated Pest Management, you can also take preventive actions so that pests do not become a problem in your life. For example, if its rodents you can caulk the cracks for keeping them from entering your building. Then again, if you want to discourage the ants from entering indoors, you need to eliminate all kinds of residue from crumbs and spills.
The Benefits of IPM Program
- Reduction of the environmental risk related with pest management by supporting adoption of more ecologically benign control strategies
- Promotion of the sustainable bio-based alternatives of pest management
- Protection of non-target species and at-risk ecosystems through reduced impact of the pest management activities
To general public
- Promotion of the community and lower-risk residential pest control by educational programs tailored to the homeowners
- Reduction of the risk to public by promoting pest management in the public spaces including the recreational facilities, schools and the playgrounds
- Assurance of low-cost, safe, reliable pest control by improved pest management
To pest management professionals
- Promotion of the innovative practices, which improve the best pest management effectiveness that can increase client satisfaction and reduce risk of the client complaints
- Augmentation of the private research development efforts for developing lower-risk pest control strategies and expand use of the low-risk tactics to the specialty markets
- Creation of demand for innovative, new and marketable services & products