Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is essentially the prevention and treatment of pest problems using all the tools at ones disposal (not just chemicals). These tools may be biological, mechanical (which could include sealing holes in walls and performing other pest exclusion work) or cultural (such as educating staff on sanitation procedures).

With the key global safety concerns by WHO, chemical food contamination is second in its priority. Chemicals are not off limits in IPM, but the use of unnecessary chemicals is and it is the last resort to managing pests. We are very mindful about our clients and the environment.

Food safety will always be an important topic. With globalization of our food sources increasing, the importance of traceability will grow. This means all stakeholders in the food chain must be ready to show their efforts in safe food handling in the event that something should happen.

It also makes business sense to operate in this manner to protect your clients as well as your brand.

There are four main components of an Integrated Pest Management programme:

1. Exclusion

The exclusion stage focuses on pest prevention through physical barriers and maintenance to prevent pest infestations through recommendations relating to waste management, cleaning and sanitation.

2. Restriction

The restriction stage addresses actions to take following an identified pest problem on site. It will include removal of food sources and potential harborage sites.

3. Destruction

The objective of this stage is to enable effective pest control, through the use of innovative treatments, including non-toxic solutions where available and required in order to comply with strict regulations for pesticide use.

4. Monitoring

Our monitoring solutions and approach aim to ensure long-term protection against pests for your business. We can provide unique solutions, like Pest Connect, as part of a risk management solution.