Why Structural Integrated Pest Management?
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is an approach to pesticide application that relies upon multiple ways to control pests, rather than just pesticide applications. An effective IPM program can provide better control of pests than just pesticide applications alone.
Why a Structural IPM Blog?
Simply put: to help people better control pests around structures.
The long version:
In 2010, I traveled to Haiti with a group of pest management professionals and entomologists to provide disaster relief in the wake of the devastating earthquake that had struck earlier that year. I started a blog to share my experiences, largely focused on the entomological aspects of the disaster.
When I returned home to Wisconsin, it didn’t make sense to just stop the blog and leave it to be yet another forgotten page on the internet. My specialty is training, and the pest control technicians, supervisors, and sales people I worked with greatly valued my writing and lectures on pest control, on the process of controlling pests, on common misconceptions, and how pest biology impacts control. It made sense to take what I was doing for a small audience and expand it to where everyone who has access to the internet can get value, as well.
Since then, I’ve spent some time in the military as an entomology officer, traveling to various countries, studying how they control pests and training pesticide applicators. I don’t always have much time to write here. There’s always people to train, classes to give, and pest problems to solve.
I think perhaps I’ve rambled on enough. I’m supposed to provide some goals or something like that, a tangible reason why I’m doing this. Someone said that I was doing it for the money. Well, wouldn’t we all like our time spent sharing gems of knowledge to anonymous readers on the internet to bring in money. There’s a link to my company on a few spots in this website, but honestly, I had this site before I was self-employed, and should I no longer be self-employed, I’ll still have it.
Nonetheless, my goals are to counter some of the misinformation on the internet; to provide an alternative, trustworthy resource for consumers and pest management professionals on solving challenging pest problems; and to help professionals grow in their mastery of the field of pest management.
Since you’ve made it this far, I have one parting thought on pest management and entomology, from Chaucer, by way of the artisan and furniture builder Gustav Stickley:
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
Pest management is a profession where you can continue learning. Continue studying. Continue getting better and better. Continue finding new challenges, continue growing in your understanding of insects, arachnids, and rodents. Move from apprentice to journeyman, and eventually, after years, become a master of the field. Study, learn, and know that you are in a field that can captivate you for the rest of your life.
– Ted Snyder, BCE