Using Proactive Pest Management

Pest Management In and Around Structures September 22, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
Management of Pest Insects

in and Around the Home


Proactive Pest Management

The origin and extent of a pest infestation is often associated with one or more conditions that promote the survival and reproduction of that particular pest. Those conditions are often referred to as life support requirements, and include:

➤ Favorable temperatures,  ➤ Abundant food and water, and  ➤ Available shelter/harborage

When pest problems occur there is usually one or more of these requirements readily accessible to the pest population. Often the presence of one life support requirement will lead to an abundance of one or more of the other requirements.

The preferred living environment for most humans also provides the necessities many pests need to satisfy their life support requirements. Therefore, it is important that homeowners limit pest access to potential sources of food, water, and shelter in and around the home in an effort to keep our personal living space inhospitable to unwanted house pests. Proactive pest management is a process that begins with identifying the pest and using information on the biology of the offending creature to decide upon a plan of action. The action plan should involve interventions aimed at reducing pest population numbers or the chance for future encounters with that pest.

Proactive pest management interventions will vary from one household or business to the next but there are a few overarching themes worthy of comment.

Proactive Pest Management
Food
Shelter
Man Made Harborages
Exterior Vegetation

Water
Other Practices
 

Contents

Food, Shelter, Man Made Harborages, Exterior Vegetation, Water
Other Proactive Pest Management Practices

Crickets (Order Orthoptera)
Cockroaches (Order Blattaria)
Termites (Order Isoptera)
True Bugs (Order Hemiptera)
Beetles (Order Coleoptera)
Moths (Order Lepidoptera)
Flies (Order Diptera)
Ants, Bees, and Wasps (Order Hymenoptera)
Minor Orders of Insects – Occasional Pests
Non-Insectan Arthropods

 

 


About this Publication

This article is part of the publication, "Management of
Pest Insects in and Around the Home" is a guide to
quick identification of 75 pests, including more than
120 color photos.

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Authors

Daniel R. Suiter
Brian T. Forschler
Lisa M. Ames
E. Richard Hoebeke

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.