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P.C.O.C. Training. BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES VOLUME I INSPECTION (EVALUATION PROCESS). Inspection Inspection is the foundation to any good pest management program. Review Existing Problem with Customer. An interview with the customer is important.

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P.C.O.C. Training

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

VOLUME I

INSPECTION (EVALUATION PROCESS)


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Inspection

Inspection is

the foundation

to any good

pest management

program


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Review Existing Problem with Customer

An interview with the customer is important

The customer’s perception of the problem may be different

than the PMP.

The customer is a good guide to evaluate current pest problems.


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Identify Pest

The proper identification of pests is crucial

It is necessary to properly identify pests to properly plan a pest management strategy.

Misidentification can result in the use of ineffective control methods.


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Determine Tolerance

Level

Each customer will have a different sensitivity to pest populations

There are many variables that go into determining tolerance levels

Fear of pests

Perceived or real impact on health or property

Risk of contamination to products or production equipment

If tolerance levels for a particular pest have been exceeded, it is time for IPM


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Assess Target and Non-Target Species

The inspection and interview will reveal which pest species are of particular concern.

Effort must be made to ensure the safety of non-target species.


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Bait Stations

In situations requiring baiting, properly secured tamper resistant stations will help reduce the hazard to non-target species.

Non-chemical treatment techniques should be employed in environmentally sensitive areas where non-target species are present


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Identify Harborage Areas

Harborage areas should be identified for the pests of concern.

An action plan should be developed with the customer to find the best way to reduce the pest harborages.


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Determine Conducive Conditions

It is necessary to identify where pest are living

Actual and potential harborage areas should be identified for the pests of concern.


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Determine Conducive Conditions

An action plan should be developed with the customer to find the best way to reduce the pest harborages.


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Identify Waterways

It is necessary to identify any waterway on or near the property to be treated

Applications should be avoided in close proximity to lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and other waterways


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Identify potential run off

areas

Treatments with residual materials in and near drains, gutters, ditches and other areas where water flows during precipitation or irrigation must be avoided.


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Evaluate Irrigation System/Watering Cycle

Irrigation is needed but the impact of irrigation water on pest control materials and pests must be considered.

  • Over watering could cause trace amounts of pesticides to end up in waterways.

  • Over watering can also attract pests which may result in the need for additional chemical applications.


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Assess Environmental& Weather conditions

The PMP should evaluate weather conditions prior to making a chemical application.

If precipitation is expected, exterior treatments should be postponed or limited to areas protected form the weather.


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Identify Landscape Type and Treatment Surfaces

Hardscapes, such as concrete and asphalt do not hold some materials very well.

Different soil types vary in how well they retain pesticides.


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Identify Landscape Type and Treatment Surfaces

Care should be taken to place treatments into pest harborages such as cracks and crevices to maximize effectiveness and minimize the amount of materials needed.


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Documentation

It is necessary to communicate the findings of the inspection in writing

When making recommendations for correction to a customer, do so in writing. This will reassure the customer that what you are saying is important and increases the chances that they will follow your professional recommendations


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Recap Inspection (Evaluation Process)

  • Review existing problem with customer

  • Identify pests

  • Determine tolerance level

  • Assess target and non-target species

  • Identify harborage areas

  • Determine conducive conditions

  • Identify waterways

  • Identify potential run off areas

  • Evaluate irrigation system/watering cycle

  • Assess environmental/weather conditions

  • Identify landscape type and treatment surfaces

  • Documentation


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