Integrated pest management

The cost effective control of commensal rodent populations, either on a small or larger scale, requires a planned strategy. The casual unplanned implementation of a control programme is unlikely to lead to long term effective control.

Any Integrated Pest Management programme (IPM) comprises a number of practical elements and this is true for the integrated management of rodents. For eventual success however, an essential presumption must be that the person applying the IPM must be suitably trained, competent and ideally qualified to the standards required. In some countries it is a legal requirement that those applying rodenticides are both trained and qualified to national standards. Even if such national standards are not set, it is a label requirement of those rodenticides approved and sold for professional use, that the user is trained and competent.

The effective application of the recommendations in this section will play a fundamental role in the avoidance of the development of resistance to anticoagulant.

The practical elements that comprise an integrated rodent management programme will be considered separately in this chapter. However, from a practical point of view they are frequently applied together in an integrated way, with each supporting the other in an ongoing continual process to a greater or lesser degree.

The following are the essential elements of an effective programme: