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The 4 Tiers Of Integrated Pest Management

Sunday, December 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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IPM or Integrated Pest Management is an environmentally sensitive way to practice pest management using common sense techniques. IPM is used to control pests in the home, garden, and workplace. It can be practiced on large scale agricultural operations to small backyard gardens. IPM uses pesticides judiciously and is often a good economical way to approach pest control.  It is also not a single method. IPM is a series of evaluations, decisions, and controls. Our blog today will be on the 4 tiers of Integrated Pest Management.

Set Action Thresholds: This is the first step in IPM. An action threshold indicated that a pest problem has reached a point where action must be action must be taken.

Monitor and Identify Pests: Not all insects are deemed to be pests. After an Action Threshold is set, programs are set up to monitor the problem pests. After that, appropriate control decisions are made to select the most useful pesticide. This step eliminates the possibility that pesticides will not be used when not needed and also the usage of the wrong pesticides.

Prevention: This step involves managing crops, lawns, and indoor spaces to prevent the pests from becoming a threat. It may involve selecting different crops that are pest resistant. This method is often the safest and most cost effective step in Integrated Pest Management.

Control: This is the last step in IPM. Once the previous steps are complete, an evaluation is then done to pick the proper method of control. Effective and less risky methods are always chosen first. The methods may include anything from pheromone application to disrupt mating, or mechanical controls such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring indicates that the less risky methods are proving to be ineffective, then additional pest control methods might be employed. This usually involves targeted spraying of pesticides. Broadcast spraying is often a last resort. 


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