Pest control is something that affects people all over the planet, from those out in rural areas all the way up to businesses in the heart of downtown. The more focus that is done on the scientific process of taking care of insects, rodents, and other pests, the better solutions will come into play now and into the future.
Trying to define integrated pest management simply by the numbers would be doing the field a disservice. We have to look at impact instead. Without IPM, pests would be free to run wild, costing the average taxpayer countless millions every year in damages, as well as lost equipment, food, and resources. Health risks also rise when pests are left unaccounted for. Rodents carry disease with them, as do many insects. Most people in the middle of the population aren’t affected, as they have a decent immune system. But children and the elderly are at increased risk for pest-borne viruses and bacteria, and that’s why IPM is so important. We don’t want to sicken the population through negligence.
Addressing the Largest Factor in IPM
What’s the largest factor in IPM, you might ask? In a nutshell, it would have to be monitoring. In fact, to set up a proper IPM case study, you have to have some sort of data set to work with. How long has the problem been occurring? Without doing any monitoring, you have absolutely no idea whether or not you’re taking care of the problem. Not all pesticides and sprays are suitable for every application. If you’re trying to take care of rodents in a field, then you’re going to have to use different methods than if you were taking care of rodents in a busy city.
Insects and rodents aren’t the only plagues that mess with our ability to conduct business and raise food. You also have plants that succumb to diseases, and these diseases can wipe out nearly an entire field before they’re stopped. Thankfully we have disease resistant plants that can protect the food supply now. Researchers are constantly working on ways to make IPM better.
Be sure that if you are going to report a problem that you ensure there has been some monitoring done on the property. Don’t just try to monitor for a week. When it comes to collecting data, it’s better to go long than focus on short periods. That’s because in a short before, the situation can change and end up going away…at least for the time being. But when viewed over a long course of time, what looked like a problem resolving itself was simply lying dormant for a while before popping up again. Definitely not a good thing.
If you’re concerned about IPM, it’s time to find a good professional. You want to find a firm that has extensive experience in the field, including the monitoring process. Make sure that they write up a full report of what’s going on, and what specific steps they took to solve the problem. These problems usually don’t just “go away” on their own. When it comes to wildlife getting in the way, you’ll find that just ignoring the problem often makes it once. Once wild animals find food, water, and shelter they are nearly impossible to remove.
Over time, we’ll reveal some awesome updates in the world of integrated pest management. We hope that you’ll stay tuned, and ask us any questions that come up along the way.