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I P M - Integrated Pest Management

What Is Integrated Pest Management? "IPM"?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the combination of all methods of pest control which may prevent, reduce, suppress, eliminate, or repel an insect population. The main requirements necessary to support any pest population are food, shelter and water. Upsetting the balance of these assist in controlling a pest population. 

Integrated Pest Management involves the knowledgeable use of all pest control methods (sanitation, mechanical, physical exclusion, and chemical) to benefit mankind's health, welfare, comfort, property and food.

IPM is a partnership between the pest control professional and the client;
a holistic approach to pest management that de-emphasizes the sole reliance on the use of pesticides.  IPM works!

Missouriís Department of Agriculture Definition of  IPM:

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Integrated pest management takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options, including the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

IPM is a systematic strategy for managing pests which considers prevention, avoidance, monitoring and suppression. Where chemical pesticides are necessary, a preference is given to materials and methods which maximize public safety and reduce environmental risk.

Benefits of IPM include efficiency, long-term results, effective pesticide usage, reduced risk, and cost savings in the long run. IPM requires the following steps:

Threshold Factors - These include health and safety concerns created by pests, legal mandates prohibiting pest infestation, and establishing pest tolerance levels.

Integrated Control Measures - Strategies should be safe and effective, least disruptive and least hazardous to humans, other non-target organisms, and the environment. Control measures should also focus on obtaining short and long term results, be productive, and cost-effective.


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