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What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Why Should We Care About It?

What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Why Should We Care About It?

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a unique approach to pest management that discourages pest populations by minimizing pesticide use. It is a multifaceted approach that causes the least damage to the environment. In other words, IPM is the “safest” form of pest control.

Man has always fought insects. Insects can be annoying because they bite or sting. Pests can be costly to humans if they ruin a crop. Also, they can be dangerous if they spread disease. Nobody wants these parasites around!

Over the past few decades, the immediate solution for parasites has been a total attack with synthetic chemicals. Products are lined up on store shelves to kill ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, etc. Bug bombs, pump sprayers, backpack sprayers, granular products, aerosol cans, airplanes that dust crops – any number of ways to distribute these chemicals in the name of pest control.

But this automatic reaction to chemical spraying has become expensive. We are poisoning the planet with this approach. The food production chain in the United States uses an insane amount of pesticides every year – pounds of pesticides per person who will eat the food produced in this chain. Soil is “killed” where it cannot sustain food production. Waterways are infiltrated by toxic chemical pesticides. Human diseases linked to brain function are increasing at alarming rates – ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, etc. All due to copious amounts of pesticides being thrown at the insects.

That is why Integrated Pest Management was developed. Closely monitor pest populations so that, when needed, they manage pests using crop, mechanical and biological controls associated with responsible pesticide use (when needed). Instead of blindly using synthetic pesticides as soon as a problem has occurred, IPM allows for a variety of specific solutions to the current pest problem to find a safe solution. Limit the use of toxic chemicals to achieve acceptable control levels.Norfolkpestcontrol.ca

IPM is catching on and that’s a great thing. Some corporate and college campuses have embraced IPM by recognizing that some pests in small numbers are not a house fire … and they certainly don’t authorize the use of high-powered chemical poisons to “fix” the situation. Homeowner groups and environmentally friendly developments appreciate the aversion to the use of toxins and are on the front side of a shift in thinking.

Integrated pest management is the safest way to treat pests rather than using poisonous chemicals at the earliest opportunity. Help us spread the word about the benefits of IPM so that more places will follow suit.