Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a control strategy.
IPM uses all available information to combine chemical, cultural and biological methods to give professional and stable long-term pest prevention..
Part of the IPM is the instigation of a planned program; this programme incorporates continuous monitoring, education, record-keeping and communication to all concerned to prevent pests from causing unacceptable damage to businesses, people, property and materials. High importance when instigated a plan is the damage or potential damage to foodstuffs and obviously the potential impact on the environment.
All professional, responsible pest prevention companies are aware of their responsibility to the environment and the risks associated with both primary and secondary poisoning when using rodenticides.
Therefore a professional survey including an environmental survey is always required to assess the suitability of the use of rodenticide. This is obviously a necessity both from the point of view of ethics but also about current legislation. As part of this three main points should always be taken into account.
Effectiveness, in other words, how well does the method work, Economics, how much does the control cost and Environment, including non-target species. The basis of an IPM, therefore, is the correct assessment of existing and the forecasting of likely future pest problems. The assessment identifies by way of a survey the particular pest species and takes into account the particular pests behavioural patterns and the effectiveness and risks associated with all the available control methods.
An IPM will therefore firstly consist of assessing the extent of the problem by undertaking a full survey of the premises. Assessing whether the problem can be solved by good house-keeping alone. Assessing if the problem can be solved by other non-chemical methods. If the problem cannot be solved by non-chemical methods, the most suitable chemical pesticide must be assessed. An assessment should also be undertaken to take into account post-treatment and the action required to reduce risks to occupiers and the environment.
Finally assessing whether further monitoring or treatments are necessary. Sustainable solutions to pest problems always involve continuous monitoring and repeat visits should be scheduled at this stage.