Integrated Pest Management

Take charge of pest control with Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with BioControl equips the South African farmer with the knowledge, experience, and quality products to get the most out of every crop. BioControl can assist you in your sustainable farming practices by providing preventative, eco-friendly, long-term solutions that save you money.

Still using chemical pest control? 4 Reasons you should reconsider!

  • Chemical pest control is costly.
  • Re-application is often necessary and leads to resistance within the target organisms.
  • Chemical control is not target-specific and causes harm to the entire ecosystem, often harming the organisms that are the pest’s natural enemies, leading to an even larger pest population increase, and the outbreak of other secondary pests that would normally have been kept under control.
  • Increasing numbers of end-consumers are demanding produce that have not been exposed to chemical pest control.

3 Reasons you should be using Integrated Pest Management if you’re serious about sustainable farming

Traditional pest control concentrates on agricultural pests as a single entity that should be controlled as the need arises.

Instead of trying to eradicate or eliminate pests, IPM aims to maintain pest populations below levels that cause damage and reduce production and yield.

Rather than treating pest populations that are too low to cause damage, or are already high enough to cause damage, the pest population is kept at a threshold that is suited to a specific situation.

This is done by harnessing the natural enemies of the pest species. This method is termed ‘biological control’ and extensive research has shown that it is essential for long term, stable management of pests and plant diseases.

THE AIM OF BIOCONTROL IS TO BREAK THE LIFE-CYCLE OF ANY PEST OR PATHOGENIC DISEASE BEFORE IT BECOMES A PROBLEM

The bacteria found in the biological control products of BioControl exist naturally in soil already, but years of toxic build-up have rendered it ineffective. These microorganisms control the pest population by causing diseases in the insects and providing protection against plant diseases.

The application of BioControl will restore the natural ecological balance and have the following advantages:

1. Permanency

The effects of BioControl’s products last a long time, as the spores of the beneficial bacteria and fungi remain and continue to protect plants from further attacks or infections.

2. Cost-Saving

The continuous use of BioControl products will result in increased effectiveness against pests and increased crop yielding as farming practices returns to organic methods. It is also less expensive than chemical products, especially in the long run.

3. Safety

The microorganisms used by BioControl specifically only targets the pests and diseases it is used against. It occurs naturally in healthy fertile soil, and are completely safe for earthworms, bees, ladybirds, frogs, fish, birds, animals, and humans.

It’s time to let Mother Nature work for your farm, with a little help from BioControl.

FAQ - Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management Systems or simply IPM is a system that helps to control and manage pests without causing harm to the environment. While it focuses on a broad-based pest control system, it takes into account the lifespan and nature of the pests and works according to nature effectively managing infestations.

The system uses nature to its advantage, and one such an example includes managing pest levels. In forestry and agriculture, many farmers use predatorial insects to their advantage by implementing predators of the pests. In this way, the predators will feed off or destroy the pests (whilst gaining nourishment for themselves) and lowering pest levels. This reduces the need to use pesticides.

There are 7 steps implemented in the practice of IPM. These steps are ongoing and constantly monitored. The 7 steps follow the “IPIATMD”
  • I – Inspection: to keep a “handle” on what’s happening with your crops, it’s of crucial importance to do regular inspections.
  • P – Preventative Action: After inspecting the situation, the next step is to set precautions and eliminate any danger zones.
  • I – Identification: identify any problems found and eliminate it using the correct steps (suited to the pest) because each creature behaves differently one from the other.
  • A – Analysis: take into account the pests behavioural patterns and how they make their way onto the farm. What is their “modus operandi”
  • T – Treatment selection: Non-chemical use is one of the fundamental aspects of IPM. The processes consider the use of natural methods such as traps and before turning to chemicals.
  • M – Monitoring: Monitoring the situation is very important to maintain effective pest control. Check the premises for any unusual pest activities.
  • D – Documentation: In IPM, to maintain effective control and progress, the entire procedure is documented.

Integrated Pest Management stays true to the environment and will at best implement ways that are safe to foods and crops produced. There is minimum use of chemicals. Instead, with the implementation of natural pest control, it provides for a safer outcome. As mentioned, it follows a safe, 7-step procedure which will help to guarantee safety not only to crops and the environment but also to pets and other members of the home.

This process is effective because it uses the environment by working in a positive manner (not a negative impact on the environment). One can consider this a “holistic” take to pest control as it changes things for example de-cluttering or maintaining a clean home to decrease the chance of pests. IPM starts from the outside in. The process entails maintaining a pest-free outdoors and then ensuring the interiors of the home is free of pests. This may call for the use of insect screens as a measure of keeping pests out.

As a means of reducing the negative effects of chemicals on the environment, IPM focuses on taking a natural approach to agriculture and pest control. It utilizes the environment, biological aspects and chemicals as a whole.

  • Reduces the need to use pesticides
  • Reduces damage to crops and the environment
  • Cost-effective solution to pest control
  • Reduces (farm workers and personnel) exposure to harmful pesticides
  • Promotes healthy crops and plants
  • Reduces the chance of water and air contaminants

It’s a holistic approach to managing pests and thus keeps pest colony levels at a low to control infestations without any harm. However, it can be used in non-organic environments, is thus customized accordingly, and may use a controlled, modified form of chemicals. In organic farming systems, IPM uses bio-control such as predatorial species and organic control.

  • The process is constant and takes more staff to maintain monitoring processes
  • It’s meticulous and technical
  • Consumes time and energy
  • Proper training is required
  • More labour costs incurred

The only time pesticides are used in IPM is when there is no other solution to the problem and it would be the very last resort to the pest control process.

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