Integrated pest control is an effective, environmentally friendly approach to pest control. The more common pest management option, using the services of a pest exterminator, may involve using industrial grade treatments which can consist of harmful chemicals that could endanger the environment and therefore isn’t always a suitable option. In such cases, integrated pest management (IPM) is a better solution to rid the affected area of pests.
Regardless of the situation, it’s important that integrated pest management is done with the correct implementation methods and procedures, especially when it comes to buildings and high-risk areas. Business workplaces, residential structures, and surrounding landscapes must be considered as the health and safety of the people and the environment is a top priority. As such, there are certain roles, responsibilities, and principles that come into play when IPM is being applied to new and existing buildings.
The Right Preparation for IPM
Generally speaking, the management staff for buildings includes the construction manager, the cleaning staff, the maintenance team and the residents of the building. The pest control professionals or experts involved need to explain in detail what chemicals they will use, how to cover or protect against such chemicals and how the chemicals can be disposed of without harming anyone or the atmosphere.
IPM will only utilize pesticides when it is absolutely necessary. This provides an efficient approach to pest control that respects the environment. However, the information shared by the pest control experts provides a systematic approach on how to use pesticides carefully and can be a reference or guide on how to execute pest control while taking the necessary precautions when eliminating pests or parasites.
In addition to the management staff, any departments of housing or urban development, centers for control and prevention of diseases, building control facilities, cleaning services, and healthy housing departments must be alerted to ensure everyone is on the same page. Following this, the construction facility and area should be carefully examined. Pest control can then begin to be executed.
The Importance of IPM and its Benefits
The key benefit of IPM is that it is not a single pest control method or approach but the integration of different control methods. No matter their origin or approach, successful IPM programmes are based on careful inspection and monitoring, building relationships with the relevant authorities, going through the appropriate channels, and utilizing proven elimination methods for specific pests and animals.
Integrated pest control programmes use the pest control strategies that are appropriate for the situation, including the reasonable use and approaches to pesticides. Using pesticides as a preventative measure is limited because of the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. Exposure to pesticides can, at times, outweigh the benefits of this form of pest control, especially when non-chemical methods produce the same results.
Identifying Parasites and Monitoring Progress
The correct identification of the parasite or pest is necessary to determine the best prevention technique for the job and reduce the unnecessary use of pesticides. In addition, a correct identification will enable ongoing prevention and elimination of the pest.
During the pest monitoring, records for each building are maintained by specifying tracking techniques, location, and the appropriate inspection program. The results of the monitoring and inspection also include the recommendations of how pest control programmes can be further carried out and maintained. Many monitoring techniques are available and often vary depending on the parasite. Successful IPM programmes regularly monitor the pest population, vulnerable areas and the effectiveness of prevention and control methods. IPM plans should be regularly updated in response to any significant changes that take place during monitoring.