How to integrate pest management techniques

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a collective approach in dealing with any pest problem. Initially, the idea is to gather all the available information on site. This enables the application of the most effective control measures. Consequently there will be minimal impact on the environment or location. The idea is not to just focus on the initial problem but how to integrate pest management techniques.

Pestcontrol.me.uk practise Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Specifically, this is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining a variety of techniquess. As a result, economic, health, and environmental risks will be minimised.

Pestcontrol.me.uk technicians use the minimum amount of pesticides possible. Accordingly, our aim is to use means to control pests using our understanding of the biology and habits of pest species. Moreover, we emphasise control and not eradication. The alternative treatments administered include targeted measures such as heat treatments. In addition, new generation insecticide gels, pheromone lures and pesticide free materials.

Case Study: How to control rodents using Integrated Pest Management techniques

Firstly, rodent bait boxes full of toxic bait must be replaced by non-toxic monitoring stations. Hence, these will pick up the earliest signs of an infestation. This is a legal requirement. Secondly, it is preferable to control rodents before they even enter the building by protecting the perimeter. 

Pestcontrol.me.uk: Eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management

An eco-friendly approach to pest management will save your business money by preventing infestation. In addition, pestcontrol.me.uk will work with you to change the culture of your organisation. Thus,  helping all your employees to change behaviour and make your premises less attractive to pests.

Pestcontrol.me.uk technicians implement eco-friendly and effective pest prevention measures. Specifically, finding and proofing possible pest entry points into the property such as holes around pipes and air vents. Initially, we install fly screens, and electronic fly killers in catering areas and front-of-house areas. Furthermore, food handling staff need to be vigilant, especially when checking incoming deliveries and look for evidence of pests.

How to integrate pest management techniques: The last resort

In the end, it may become necessary to apply pesticides.  When the use of chemicals becomes the only option, IPM calls for their use at lowest possible concentrations. Furthermore, the pesticides must be applied in the most targeted method possible. For example, baiting for cockroaches, who may then carry the bait in their bodies for other cockroaches to consume. Of course, targeted spraying is preferable to random methods of spraying. Similarly, monitoring pest movement to place poisons where there is most activity significantly reduces chemical usage.

Working with pestcontrol.me.uk to be pest free

Overall, IPM will not work without the active involvement of both the pest control contractor and the client. Indeed, if the client carries out the relevant cleaning, proofing and other measures, control of infestation is established more efficiently. Moreover, sustainable pest control has to be assigned a much higher level of importance. Accordingly, it should be included in the specification in order to prevent infestation. Therefore delivering cost-effective, sustainable integrated pest management.

BPCA Guidelines- How to integrate pest management techniques

Pestcontrol.me.uk follow the BPCA guidelines published in the The British Pest Management Manual:

1. Physical control

The number one most efficient pest control procedure is to keep the pests out in the first place. For example, fitting bristle strip brushes, using cement and expanding foam with wire mesh. For example, these methods helped one London hospital to drastically reduce its rodent problem and improve heating efficiency policies and targets. However, if a pest gets in, removing food and water sources is essential.

2) External Proofing

A combination of leaves and bird droppings can quickly block gutters and down pipes. Consequently, resulting in overflows which damage walls and cause months of closure of an area for remedial work. Yet, preserving the exterior of a site while proofing it from pest birds is now possible. Currently, low impact highly effective bird control treatments are available. For instance, fire gel, trapping, electronic deterrent systems, bristle brushes and discreet netting.

3) Electronic measures

Flies within a property can be controlled using electrical fly killer units. The units are designed to looklike light fittings. Consequently, they can be used front-of-house in catering premises.

4) Non-toxic treatments

Pestcontrol.me.uk technicians can use non-toxic dusts to kill insects. These work by acting as a desiccant. Primarily, they are particularly effective when used in partition walls to reduce insect growth.

Rodents can be controlled using catch traps. In certain limited cases, professionals will even use glue boards to catch rodents or insects.

5) Pheromone control

This modern, eco-friendly and chemical-free method of intelligent pest management. Furthermore it results in a significant measurable reduction in moth populations. 

6) Heat and cold

This method is used primarily for bed bug pest management. Additionally, this treatment is also effective against a range of crawling pests.

Furthermore, full control can be achieved with a single treatment. The treatment deals with the infestation at every stage of the insect life cycle (adults, larvae, pupae, and eggs). 

How to integrate pest management techniques

In conclusion, our technicians will always consider none toxic methods. We will always look at the broader issues such as monitoring, habitat, physical techniques and customer education.

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