Pests, whether you are a facility manager, wholesaler, catering entrepreneur, or manager of a building, you are responsible for preventing, detecting, and controlling them… something you may not be aware of on a daily basis. That’s why there’s World Pest Day. Created to make people aware of how pest management helps preserve the quality of life for us and our loved ones.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
When you think of pest control, the image of a traditional rat-catcher may come to your mind. However, pest control today mainly focuses on preventing pests rather than controlling them. Control in the literal sense of the word is the last resort. Integrated Pest Management it is called, or IPM. IPM is a sustainable method to control pests only when preventive measures have proven to be inadequate.
Your organization probably already adheres to the basic regulations regarding hygiene conditions. However, architectural factors play a role as well. Did you know, for example, that mice can make their way into your building through an opening of half a centimeter? That’s why architectural advice is part of a good pest management plan. As well as advice regarding habitat. Everything to keep unwanted guests out.
Cooperation between pest manager and customer is essential to this. No matter how professionally and competently your IPM technician does their job, lasting results are not self-evident without commitment and involvement from you, the client. So, when it comes to pest management, you would rather look for a partner than ‘just’ a service provider.
After taking stock, a good partner in pest management will map out the nature, extent, severity and risks of any pest already present. This results in a tailor-made pest management plan including a map, plan of approach, an agreement, advice and action points for you, the client. Action points include, for example, filling holes with steel wool or minimizing cracks with brush weather stripping.
In order to ensure that the measures are effective, good communication between pest manager and client is important. Pest managers often work with an online communication system that both parties have access to. Convenient for the client to stay informed of the findings of the pest manager and essential to the pest manager to know what actions the client has already taken.
This creates teamwork between pest manager and client, with successful pest management as a result. This way, you too positively contribute to the quality of life for us and your loved ones.
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