Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as integrated pest control (IPC), is a broad-based approach that makes use of environmentally-safe pest control practices.
Some pesticides are difficult to break down, so they will accumulate in the environment. After repeated use, the amount of this accumulation may be so high that it is toxic to the soil, water, air, and humans. Faced with this problem, biologists came up with the IPM program that is both effective in pest management and preventing hazardous environmental effects caused by chemicals or pesticides.
7 IPM Steps Followed by Pest Exterminators
1st Step: Planning and inspection
This step involves conducting an extensive inspection of the entire property. Determine the infested areas, check the extent of the property damage, and study pest activity.
2nd Step: Identifying the type of pest
Experienced pest exterminators can identify the specific species of pest you are dealing with. It’s important to correctly identify the type of pest to determine what pest control strategy would be effective.
Refer to the characteristics and identity of the pest for an accurate assessment of the situation.
3rd Step: Selecting the right pest treatment
Once you identify the pest species, plan out what type of pest products and the right equipment you would need to carry out the correct pest treatment.
4th Step: Pest mangement and extermination
This step involves implementing the right pest control strategy that would successfully exterminate pests in your property. This step may involve using professional tools to spray certain areas, install pest traps, and fully remove pest colonies.
There are different types of pest measures that can be chosen. For example, there are chemical or physical pest control methods.
5th Step: Monitoring
After the application of a pest treatment, watch for any signs of any persistent pest infestations. Continue to monitor the property.
Continuous monitoring and treatment may take 1 or 2 weeks. Some cases may last for a whole month. If you still find stubborn pests, tweak the pest treatment.
5th Step: Analysis
Review whether or not the pest control strategy is effective. If you still find stubborn pests, tweak or change the pest control program.
The evaluation of results is based on a pest control checklist. Check carefully to make sure that there are no unwanted side effects.
7th Step: Record keeping and communication
A complete record of the pest activities and treatment should be kept for future reference.
Principles of IPM
Here are the basic principles of IPM:
- Thorough inspection
- Regular, consistent monitoring.
- Sound industry practices
- Accurate identification of pests
- Prompt, timely pest management decision-making
- Good communication between all members involved in this decision-making process including managers and owners
We should consider IPM as a considerable measure to determine an optimal solution in a particular situation. IPM is a flexible application based on science and new technological advances.
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