Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Wednesday September 20, 2017


residentialIntegrated Pest Management is a process that uses regular monitoring to determine is and when a treatment is needed. It employs physical, mechanical, cultural, chemical, biological, and educational programs to keep pest populations low enough to prevent intolerable damage or annoyance. Chemicals should not necessarily be the first choice for solving a pest problem and, when required, target-specific, low impact chemicals and applications should be employed. Pesticidal treatments are not made according to a predetermined schedule, they are made only when and where monitoring has indicated that the pest will cause unacceptable economic, medical, or aesthetic damage. The IPM program must, as a result, be environmentally, socially, and economically compatible to meet current public expectations. Therefore, key elements of IPM include (1) decisions for solving pest problems are made on the basis of determined need, (2) all available management techniques are coordinated into the program, (3) health, aesthetics, satisfaction, comfort, and other subjective factors must be considered when determining the acceptable pest level, and (4) the human factor (IPM programs that directly involve and impact people)

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