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5. IPM Inspection and Monitoring
A very important part of the IPM process is inspection and
monitoring. Since you are already a licensed professional,
you already know how to conduct an inspection. Some of this
has already been covered in Part A Section 3.
For structural pest control, IPM monitoring is part of inspection.
An initial inspection provides the baseline for all subsequent
actions. Monitoring involves periodic inspections over time
to quantify numbers of pests. Monitoring is the only way you
can be sure a pest control method is working. Pest populations
should decline over time.
For roaches, inspect critical areas (those with warmth, food,
moisture, darkness) with a flashlight and mirror to determine
harborage, areas of highest population. Monitor with sticky
pheromone traps to detect low-level infestations and provide
quantitative data on population changes.
Non-toxic bait stations containing a food attractant are often
used to monitor ant populations. The food is set in a container
on a sheet of white cardboard with a grid. The numbers of
ants appearing at a given time can then be counted and recorded.
To inspect for rats, identify exterior rodent pressure, exterior
conditions that provide food, water and harborage. Identify
entry points. Identify main sources of food and harborage
and main areas of activity. In large and complex accounts,
these areas will be important for regular monitoring.
Ecowise Certified IPM Practitioner Course
Advantages of EcoWise Certification
2. What You Need to Get Certified as an IPM
Expectations for a Certified IPM Practitioner
the EcoWise Standards
IPM Inspection and Monitoring
Writing an IPM Protocol
and Sample Questions
8. IPM Resources
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