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Hoteliers should know the difference between basic pest control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) because your reputation, income and staff morale depend on it. Basic pest control is reacting to a pest infestation once it has become established, to eliminate pests only when they become are noticed by guests or become a nuisance. Taking action only when the pest infestation has already occurred can have several negative consequences:
Choosing the right pest control company with well trained, highly qualified personnel and experience of your business needs is an important step. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective approach to pest control, focusing on targeted prevention measures rather than a haphazard approach, reacting to pest issues after they have become established.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that aims to achieve sustainable pest management by applying a systematic strategy to prevent pests. IPM only uses pesticide chemicals as a last resort and emphasises the use of materials and methods that minimise the impact on people and the environment. IPM is implemented as part of the business management plan and involves collaboration of hotel management, staff and the pest control contractor.
There are four high-level components of an IPM programme:
IPM is continually evaluated and results fed back to the customer with recommendations for improvements. It also includes thorough documentation of action taken, pest activity and pesticide application, compliant with relevant standards and regulations.
Rentokil has developed a tailored approach to IPM called ERDM which stands for: Exclusion, Restriction, Destruction and Monitoring.
The ERDM approach is supported by a technical team and regulatory experts, as well as Research & Development programmes that develop innovative, technologically advanced non-toxic products. This allows Rentokil technicians to offer best-in-class products and solutions that underpin their knowledge, expertise and advice. Rentokil’s IPM services are also supported by online Pest Awareness training for our customers and their employees and staff, to help recognise early pest activity. Our 24/7 PestConnect system provides online tools to monitor and track pest activity through our powerful myRentokil service. This provides trend reporting, recommendations from technicians, interactive maps, charts and analytical tools to support pest control audits.
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