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So what is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimising risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere in urban, agricultural, or natural areas.

IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, and modification of cultural practices. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and non-target organisms, and the environment.

What is a pest?

Pests include organisms that impact human or animal health.

Pests may transmit disease or may be just a nuisance. A pest can be a plant (weed), vertebrate (bird, rodent, or other mammal), invertebrate (insect, tick, mite, or snail), nematode, pathogen (bacteria, virus, or fungus) that causes disease, or other unwanted organism that may harm water quality, animal life, or other parts of the ecosystem.

Rather than simply eliminating the pests, using IPM means you’ll look at all environmental factors that affect the pest and its ability to thrive. Once armed with this information, you can create conditions that discourage pests from the area you are trying to protect.

In IPM, monitoring and correct pest identification help you decide whether management is needed.

Monitoring means checking your field, landscape, building or other site to identify which pests are present, how many there are, or what damage they’ve caused. Correctly identifying the pest is key to knowing whether a pest is likely to become a problem and determining the best management strategy.

How Does IPM Work?

IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage by managing the ecosystem.

With IPM, you take actions to keep pests from becoming a problem, such as sealing cracks to keep insects or rodents from entering a building, and removing harbourage and food supplies. In essence you attempt to reduce the carrying ca­pacity for pests within the area you are trying to protect.

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