In order to attain success on mitigating pest activities in a facility, dynamic participation of the management and staffs and the pest control contractor is critical. The presence of the pests inside a structure is dependent on the number of factors that includes the facility’s location, landscape maintenance, and the quality of the overall pest management program.
Pests are populations of living organism or entities that are observed on human’s properties and activities where it causes undesirable result.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach that establishes a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks. It recognizes there is no “cure-all” in pest control and that dependence on any one pest management method will have undesirable effects. Where chemical pesticides are necessary, a preference is given to materials and methods which maximize public safety and reduce environmental risk.
Objectives of the Integrated Pest Management program include:
• Elimination of significant threats caused by pests to the health and safety of management, staff and the public.
• Prevention of loss or damage to structures or property by pests.
• Protection of environmental quality inside and outside buildings.
IPM general control strategies include:
• Structural and procedural modifications to reduce food, water, harborage and access points of pests.
• Pesticide compounds, formulations, and application methods that represent the lowest potential hazard to humans and the environment.
• Non-pesticide technologies such as trapping and monitoring devices.
• Coordination among all facilities management programs that have a bearing on the pest control effort.