Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed and employs physical, mechanical, cultural, biological and educational tactics to keep pest number low enough to prevent intolerable damage or annoyance. Least-toxic chemical controls are used as a last resort. (Olkowski, W. and S. Daar. 1991. Common Sense Pest Control , Taunton Press. 715 pp.)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-making process that anticipates and prevents pest activity and infestation by combining several strategies to achieve long-term solutions. Components of an IPM program may include education , proper waste management, structural repair, maintenance, biological and mechanical control techniques, and pesticide application . — National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
Once an inspection is completed, a pest management professional (PMP) can develop a detailed inspection report that outlines the observed conditions conducive to pest activity and each structural deficiency discovered.
Each data point should have a corresponding corrective action that the PMP supplies in the report as a recommendation.
Each inspection report should diagram these deficiencies and list the proposed corrective action.
To insure that corrective actions are being taken on-site the PMP must continually inspect and monitor noted deficiencies, date them, assign a priority rank and identified the responsible person or department to correct it.
This provides feedback for pest management stakeholders and a means of tracking necessary corrective actions to reduce conditions conducive to pest activity.
Education is the most effective tool in the Pest Management Professional’s tool box. By keeping pest management stakeholders educated about IPM strategies and the condition of their buildings PMP’s can reduce pest activity.
IPM is about bringing disparate disciplines together to communicate how everyone can do their part to solve a problem that effects everyone.