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Integrated Pest Management

What Is Integrated Pest Management and How Does It Benefit You? 

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach towards pest risk management by utilising proactive control methods. It requires a combination of pest exclusion practices that involves good sanitation procedures along with extensive monitoring. With IPM in place, you can mitigate potential pest infestation eventually saving your business cost in the long run.

Why do you need IPM?

  • Early detection of potential pest problem reduces risk of infestation
  • Monitoring of pest trend helps determine the right dispersion of pesticides
  • Accurate identification and monitoring of pest allows correct deployment of maintenance plans
  • Minimise disruption to daily operations
  • Avoid introducing new pest into the premises

At Rentokil, we work closely with you to fully understand your business requirements to develop a sustainable IPM programme. We distinguish ourselves by conducting a thorough risk assessment of your site to identify potential pest problems that are then incorporated in our forward planning, regular monitoring and decision-making. Besides that, we are familiar with many industry's regulations and auditing standards to better support you in your supply chain risk management.

Rentokil Initial uses a five-stage approach to pest control that focuses on strategic preventive measures rather than tactical passive planning

Design and construction

Pest control starts with the design and construction of the building; the internal and external layout as well as construction materials. The design and construction in itself should prevent harbourage of pests - deny access through doors, windows, vents, pipework, drains etc. and minimise the risk of access during business operations.

Pest control practices and training

Rentokil plans the actions needed to prevent a pest infestation, including physical, cultural and chemical methods and will provide recommendations to specify:

  • Physical controls: maintenance of buildings to prevent access
  • Cultural controls: change operating procedures to prevent infestations, specify the frequency of monitoring, responsible persons, monitoring activities, reassessment and document of activities
  • Sanitation controls: removal of food sources such as waste, spills and inappropriately stored food; removing harbourage
  • Chemical controls: how to eliminate pests with safe and approved pesticides suitable for use around businesses storing, preparing and displaying fresh and packaged foods and where members of the public are present
  • An inspection regime to detect the presence of pests as early as possible, around and in buildings, in fittings, equipment, stored and displayed products and incoming supplies;
  • Training of personnel
  • Document the control measures specified; to be made available for a review team and auditors / inspectors

Pest monitoring and maintenance

Implement the control measures that provide the most effective results and ensure safety:

  • Appoint trained personnel to be responsible for each area of the control measures. This can include the appointment of internal or external experts for monitoring pests
  • Assign adequate resources to implement the measures
  • Implement the control measures and inspection regime according to plansRecord actions and results in accordance with standards and legislative requirements

Response to pest outbreaks

In the event of a pest outbreak, clear identification of the pest is essential to determine the most appropriate control methods and preventive actions needed to avoid re-infestation. 

  • Pest species - Different species of closely related pests have different behaviour and biology that will require tailored treatment for best results
  • Origin - Has the pest been introduced in delivered goods or gained entry due to structural defects, poor maintenance, poor hygiene, decaying goods etc.
  • Potential damage - Does it pose a food safety risk to fresh, prepared or packaged goods; can it damage equipment, fittings or building structure
  • Potential harbourage - Conduct an inspection of the building and surroundings to identify harbourage places
  • Quantity - Estimating the number of pests will provide an indication not only of the extent of the problem but how long they have been established on the premises
  • Conducive conditions - Pests could be present due to supplier or transport issues, or environmental conditions which encourage or trigger pest infestations

Evaluation of the pest control programme

Evaluate the effectiveness of the pest control programme, this can include:

  • Examining pest control operations
  • reviewing operating procedures to reduce food sources, harbourage and contamination
  • Review preventive maintenance procedures
  • Documentation of the review
  • Recommend changes and improvements to the IPM program
  • Implement the recommended changes to the IPM program

Our Service Benefits:

  • Partnership Between Customers and Rentokil

    • Cooperation and sharing of roles in pest management essentially to protect reputation and pass audits.
    • Partnership with you to maintain consistent alignment on implementing strategies and action plans.
  • Education and Exclusion

    • Total Hygiene Awareness Talk (THAT) and educational materials to support you in raising the awareness of your employees.
    • Identification of pest entry points and proactive recommendations on proofing action plan to help you keep your premises in optimum condition.
  • Sanitation

    • Professional evaluation on current cleaning practices and further advice to reduce pest infestation by cutting off food source, water and shelter.
  • Treatment

    • Efficient control or management of infestation with appropriate pest control solution in conjunction with the use of non-chemical treatment, and chemical treatment sparingly where necessary.
    • Rotation of treatment methods and chemical application to discourage pests from developing pesticide resistance in the long run.

Digital pest control

A range of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled pest management solutions providing commercial customers unrivalled pest data, insights and reporting to proactively prevent and manage pests at the commercial premises. 24/7 monitoring

About Rentokil

Our mission is to protect people and enhance lives. We do that by creating groundbreaking pest control innovations, by making our service solutions more sustainable and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.