funding from the California State Water Resources Control
Board, BIRC has developed an IPM Course for structural pest
control. The IPM concept used in the training was formulated
by BIRC in the 1980s:
is a decision making process that emphasizes prevention and
non-chemical treatment methods. Inspection, monitoring and
record-keeping are used to determine if, when and which treatments
are needed. Site specific treatments are selected from available
biological, cultural, manual, mechanical, physical, educational,
and chemical strategies, and are used within an integrated
program. Reduced-risk chemical controls are included in the
treatment program when non-chemical methods are insufficient
to solve the problem in an effective and affordable manner."
Curriculum has five major sections: an introduction to IPM;
management plans for three major pests: German cockroaches,
rats and mice, and Argentine ants; and effective marketing
and sales techniques for an integrated pest management program.
The technical curriculum can be presented in five classroom
sessions of three hours each. The marketing curriculum can
be presented in three sessions: a two hour introduction and
two full day sessions.
for this project has been provided in full or in part through
an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board
(SWRCB) pursuant to the Costa-Machado Water Act of 2000 (Proposition
13) and any amendments thereto for the implementation of California's
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. The contents of
this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies
of the SWRCB, nor does mention of trade names or commercial
products constitute endorsement or recommendation of use."
view the curriculum, click on the links below:
Introduction to IPM