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Finding Synergy between Pest Professionals & FM

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Adopting IPM Programme

There is a common misconception that pest control programme is all about frequently spraying pesticides and doing it thoroughly with the most powerful product available. Whereas an integrated pest management programme (IPM) utilises an integrated approach which also includes pesticides.

Physical measures like denying entry, shelter and food to pests is a vital part of the programme as well as using pesticide free products like electric fly killers, traps, vacuuming and steam treatments. A professional pest management company will not rely only on pesticides but will rely on all possible measures of IPM. Even when it comes to use of pesticides, professionals would use a gel formulation rather than a spray to contain the product to cracks and crevices where the pest spends 80% of its lifecycle. The IPM approach minimises the development of pest resistance and is environmentally a sound practice. A programme based only on pesticide could fail and is not the best for the occupants of the facility.

Monitoring effectiveness, changing methods

Monitoring the effectiveness of the treatment is as important as the treatment. Often, both the pest control company and the facilities manager question or investigate only when a problem develops and do not focus on continuous monitoring for effectiveness and developing problems. Monitoring results and then changing products & methods used are vital to maintain the facility as a pest free zone.

Engaging the right people

Using the right people for the job is important as it could help eliminate the above challenges. Therefore, it is important that the team that services your facility is well trained in professional pest control practices and integrated pest management. Trained professional can carry out inspections, develop the right programme and utilise the right materials to deliver an effective treatment that is closely monitored for effectiveness. Some pest control companies invest in the right equipment and pest control products but sometimes fail to invest in the proper training of the team. Further, the facility manger in many instances does not verify the training and competency of the team providing treatment.

Engaging the right pest control company

Engaging the right pest control company by the facility manager will minimise all pitfalls in pest control at facilities. However, the selection process often fails to consider the pitfalls of pest control. Sometimes the decision to engage is made purely on price. The facility manager often see savings in costs by this approach. The damage of such a decision begins to show only later with the pitfalls becoming obvious. Then it begins to cost the facility manager much more by way of damaged reputation and increased cost in switching providers.

 

 

 

Raja Mahendran

Based in Australia, the author is an international pest business consultant, executive coach and trainer. He helps pest control companies and facility managers to become more competent and effective in integrated pest management.

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