Because continuing education and training for both pest management professionals and building managers is essential to protecting against the ever-increasing pest pressures in all building projects, Greenleaf, a leading pest management company serving the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding regions, has developed a new training course, “Integrated Pest Management Plans for All Facilities, Including LEED®,” now available online here.
Ongoing food-poisoning outbreaks and concerns in Canada, occurring at rates higher even than in the U.S., on the one hand, and increased awareness of the adverse effects pesticides have on the environment, on the other hand, has prompted Greenleaf to raise awareness on the importance of establishing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans for all facilities, including LEED® building projects. The course, a comprehensive 1-hour program addressing PMPs, developers, building owners, management staff and contractors, provides an overview of how IPM suppresses pest populations in a cost-effectively and environmentally-friendly way for all types of facilities.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) first became known in the 1970s, when scientists observed that the chemical pesticides used extensively to eradicate plant pest epidemics were becoming less effective. They noticed that, despite the increased use of preventative insecticide sprays, insect damage to selected crops was getting more and more severe.
It turned out that some pests had developed a certain level of resistance to different pesticides, and new formulas had to be developed to provide an alternative to older chemicals that were no longer effective.
But alternating pesticides could only do so much to stop the growing pest invasion – it was time for a new method, one that would control pests by combining biological, physical, and chemical tools while maintaining a healthy environment. This approach to pest management became known as IPM and has proven a track record of significantly increasing crop protection with minimum risk to humans and the environment.