07 May. 20

What is Integrated Pest Management?

The increasing trend of using plant protection chemicals, which pollute water sources and the living environment, along with the waste from agricultural production is also a challenging problem for the environment. According to a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute Agriculture accounts for 70% of total water consumption worldwide and is the single-largest contributor of nonpoint-source pollution to surface water and groundwater. This is a severe threat to human health and ecosystems, putting more pressure and challenges on protecting the environment.

A pest control expert defines IPM as “all pest control techniques and measures that prevent the development of pests while protecting humans and the environment at low costs”.

What is IPM? What are its principles?

Prevention

Prevention is the primary principle of any pest control program.

Monitoring

This involves regular site inspections to analyse the infestation stages of pests at each site.

Tactics Criteria

Under IPM, chemicals are the last resort. Pest specialists use the least harmful substances to reduce risk to humans and other creatures that are not pests.

Record-keeping

This is essential to identify trends and patterns in pest control.  

Action Levels

An action level is the pest population which requires remedial action for human health or economic reasons.

Evaluation

A regular evaluation program is essential to determine the success of the pest control programs.

IPM – Why is it a safe to use?

 “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM) is also the term used for improving agricultural land use in Sydney today. Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as integrated pest control (IPC) is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for effective control of pests. IPM aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level (EIL). The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization defines IPM as the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations. Use of pesticides and other interventions are set to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. 

IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms. In other words, IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy, focusing on the prevention of long-term pests or their losses through the combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modify cultural practices and using resistant varieties.

Are pesticides necessary?

Pesticides Toxic Allergic Effects

The use of pesticides is a method farmers in Sydney applied to prevent pests taking over crops. However, the excessive use of pesticides in agricultural production is also the cause of surface water and groundwater contamination. Due to water infiltration, residues of pesticides as well as fertilizers in agricultural production areas pollute groundwater. The presence of these substances, even in minimal concentrations, can cause serious consequences. Reduce the harmful effects of pests required long-term and integrated pest management. 

See: Eco-friendly pest control solution

What is a pest?

Plant pests are organisms that use plant parts as a source of nutrition. They eat or parasitize the crops, causing it to lose or injure parts, causing the crop to be underdeveloped or die and eventually reducing crop yields. When there are massive outbreaks on a large scale, it is called an epidemic. A pest can be vertebrate (bird, rodent, or other mammals), invertebrate (insect, tick, mite, or snail), nematode, pathogen (bacteria, virus, or fungus) that causes disease, or other unwanted organisms that may harm water quality, animal life, or other parts of the ecosystem.

Implementing IPM to stop pests

The IPM program in Sydney uses existing information, comprehensive in the life cycle of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, combined with the available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical and least dangerous measures to humans, property and the environment.

IPM begins by confirming the identity of the pest, then using knowledge of pest biology to design the best control strategies, the most effective and safe with the environment. IPM can be used to manage all the pests anywhere in urban areas, agricultural and wild or natural areas. IPM methods apply to both agricultural and non-environment agriculture, such as home, garden, and workplace.

IPM focuses on plant protection measures in an integrated way. The result of IPM is to help farmers understand what pest is, which pests are the most important, how harmful they are, and how vital the technical cultivation methods are in pest control. Pesticides should be used on how to be both practical and safe for human health and natural enemies, the safety of the environment. The ultimate purpose of IPM is to find these measures to be effective, economically advantageous to limit the harmful effects of pests, making high yield crops and quality agricultural products. 

IPM is not just about destroying the source of pests but also to regulating the balance in the ecosystem. However, when building an IPM program for plants, applied in a production area specified, it must depend on the characteristics of the environment, the weather, the climate, the situation of pests, the level of awareness and the ability economic capacity of farmers to choose the appropriate measures.

Insect Control Sydney

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Insect control is a process to reduce or eliminate pest insects and is considered harmful to human health, the environment or the economy. This control process can start at home, in a commercial setting or public places such as parks or areas of entertainment. Synthetic insect control measures often include the use or non-use of chemicals to kill insect pests and ensure they do not thrive in a long time.

Commercial Pest Control

Businesses operating in the field of restaurants, hotels, food supply, food, and harmful insects are always significant preoccupations. The appearance of harmful insects that may affect the reputation, image, sales of enterprises. Imagine how shocked customers will be when spending all night in a room full of bedbugs, waking up in the morning with uncomfortable bites on their bodies. Those images will make a poor impression on customers, causing them no longer back, causing damage to the business.

Pests in the warehouse business are no longer a stranger, especially businesses in fields related to food. However, not all businesses themselves can handle the insects, which insect control services are necessary. A company that develops a safe working environment is a standard to attract and retain workers. The safe working environment will restrict the disease that occurs mainly in companies that are conditional for large numbers of employees.

The companies that outsource food products to the consumer are the big foreign corporations. Insect control is one of the criteria to assess whether they are eligible to cooperate or not. Preventing and controlling insects is the condition required by the trading company in the field of food, agriculture, and export. But in recent years, being returned goods after exports occur mostly related to technical barriers such as insect control, and businesses often not work to prevent these objects incursion through the trade path has severe consequences for them.

Therefore, the value of partnering with a licensed pest control company to establish an effective commercial pest control program for your business is essential. It not only helps your peace of mind knowing that you are contributing to the protection of public health, food, and property from pests but also allows you to focus your time and efforts on what matters most to your business.

See: Commercial Pest Control

Home Pest Control

Minimize the damage pests can cause for daily activities. They not only harm and damage property in the home but also cause dangerous diseases for humans. To avoid complex transformation and their widespread proliferation, controlling insects are things you must do. Early detection of pest insects will reduce the potentially harmful effects of diseases and maintain a safer environment for your family. A home pest control done by professionals is a good way to remove unwanted pests.

To consult pest experts, call (02) 8007 4666.