Pest Management Updates

1. Integrated Pest Management

 

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a pest management strategy that focuses on long term prevention or suppression of pest problems with minimum impact on human health, the environment, and nontarget organisms. Preferred pest management techniques include encouraging naturally occurring biological control; using alternate plant species or varieties that resist pests; selecting pesticides with a lower toxicity to humans or nontarget organisms; adopting cultivating, pruning fertilizing, or irrigation practices that reduce pest problems; and changing the habitat to make it incompatible with pest development. Pesticides are used as a last resort when careful monitoring indicates that they are needed according to pre-established guidelines. When treatments are necessary, the least toxic and most target-specific pesticides are chosen.

 

Implementing an integrated pest management program requires a thorough understanding of pests, their life histories, environmental requirements, and natural enemies, as well as establishment of a regular, systematic program for surveying pests, their damage, and other evidence of their presence.

 

2. Pest Control Operator (PCO) and Pest Applicator License (PAL)

The Pest Management Industry is highly regulated as it involves extensive usage of Chemical and Chemical related substances. Pest Control Operators (PCO) must undergo thorough training, certifications, and their operational qualification is audited by the Pesticide Board of Malaysia and governed under the Pest Control Act 1974 (amended 2004). 

Only an approved PCO can operate and provide pest management services to a service industry to home owners and commercial accounts (restaurants, hospitals, food industries etc).

 

3. Common Urban Pest

  • Ants
  • Bedbugs
  • Booklice
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes 
  • Perimeter Pests: Centipedes, Crickets, Earwigs, Grasshoppers, Ground beetles, Millipedes, Scorpions, Crawling Spiders
  • Rats and Mice
  • Silverfish 
  • Stored Product Pests
  • Subterranean Termites
  • Wasps, Hornets & Yellow Jackets
  • Wood-Infesting Beetles