Jason and I have enjoyed sharing cool and exciting aspects of pest management here in the Missouri bootheel. It has been a privilege to explore integrated pest management with you. It is through phone calls, field visits, and conversations with you that my understanding of pest management and local needs has been influenced – Thank you.
This is my final posting for this blog. Dr. Kelly Tindall will be taking over as blog administrator. I have accepted a research position with Conservation Seeding and Restoration, Inc. in Idaho. Dr. Jason Weirich will be the director of agronomy for MFA and is moving to Columbia, MO.
Being as the focus of this blog has been integrated pest management, I am leaving you with some definitions of IPM below.
1. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL SPECIES WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST AT TOLERABLE LEVELS OF ABUNDANCE. The objective of IPM is to lower pest populations below economically important levels; eradication is not the objective.
2. THE ECOSYSTEM IS THE MANAGEMENT UNIT. The boundaries of and the couplings among components of the system must be identified before design and implementation of an IPM program.
3. THE USE OF NATURAL ENEMIES IS MAXIMIZED. An understanding of how natural enemies work in the system must be acquired so that optimal use can be made of their impact on target pest populations.
4. ANY CONTROL PROCEDURE MAY PRODUCE UNEXPECTED AND UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCES. An ecologically based management strategy is less likely to result in “negative effects” within the system being managed.
5. AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SYSTEMS APPROACH IS ESSENTIAL. The assumption is that information collected by various scientists can and will be integrated.
– Botterel 1979
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of commonsense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. –US EPA
“The intelligent selection and use of pest control actions that will ensure favorable economic, ecological, and social consequences” – R.L. Rabb
“The balanced use of such measures like, biological, cultural, and chemical control, as are most appropriate to a particular situation in light of a careful study of all factors involved” – M. Way
“Sustainable approach to managing pests combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks” – National Coalition on IPM