How To Start A Pest Control Business

Pest Control Profits

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Nonchemical pest control methods

The indicator shows the area that has not been treated with chemical pesticides, and is calculated as the crop area that is not treated with chemical pesticides divided by the total cultivated agricultural area. The cultivated agricultural area includes the total arable and permanent crop land, assuming that pesticides are not used on temporary or permanent pasture. Non-chemical pest control methods include, for example, Chemical pesticides are not used in organic farming hence Fig. 8.4, showing trends in the share of agricultural land under organic farming, can also be considered to reflect trends in the area where only non-chemical pest control methods are used. Organic farming systems also include many other requirements and, consequently, the area where chemical pesticides are not used often exceeds the area under organic farming. Examples of such countries include Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, where significantly more farmers are now using non-chemical pest control...

Are environmental problems of pesticides still an issue

Farmers, too, have developed experience with pesticide products. Most farmers know about the hazardous nature of pesticide products and their handling, in some cases caused by unfortunate accidents, more often because they have read label instructions or listened to the advice of extension services or agrochemical sales advisors. Undoubtedly, neighbouring farmers and colleagues in farmers' study groups will be very anxious to hear about experiences with newly introduced pesticide products, especially about the product's efficacy in pest control, its cost and ease of handling. Learning and education with regard to use has been based on the experience as well as the marketing arguments of the agrochemical industry. Negative consequences have also been encountered from the interaction between methods and results. Thus widespread occurrence of resistance to chemicals on the one hand has certainly played a role in the growth of doubts within the farming community and a turn towards...

Summary of chapter coverage

Systems approach to agricultural production, in which pests, weeds, diseases and so on are controlled, suppressed or prevented by making use of ecological principles. Pest control decision making should consider strategic aspects, such as implications for the entire cropping system. The authors are optimistic about the steps already taken in improving relevant ecological and agronomic knowledge and the promises of further developments in this respect. Both Wossink & de Koeijer (Chapter 6) and de Snoo (Chapter 7) discuss inefficiencies in agricultural production at the level of the individual farmer and the difficulties that exist in overcoming them. They argue that farmers must make ex ante decisions regarding pest control in conditions of uncertainty, e.g. regarding the weather and other factors that influence pest, disease and weed incidence and gravity of infestation. Because of greater pest mobility, risk averse behaviour, such as preventive spraying, is more likely to occur...

Resistance To Pesticides

Tive agricultural practices and the high density of human population have been achieved at the expense of ecological balance. To maintain this imbalance in our favor, we must continue to use ecologically disruptive tools, including insecticides. Even novel pest-control strategies such as pest-resistant plant cultivars will not eliminate the need for chemical pest control. Given the choice 2 'g and Adams, 1984). Therefore, the chemicals available for insect control must g is lend themselves to rational and environmentally sound use. Effective insect control requires not only the continued use of existing insecticides but also the continued availability of new insecticides. Existing compounds will probably continue to vanish from the market because of problems with human or environmental safety. Compounds that survive these challenges may still be lost, owing to the development of resistance. Other compounds, although technically still available, may become obsolete as a result of...

Drivers of agrochemical innovation11

Table 4.1 summarises important driving forces that shape the competitive environment and the innovation challenge for the agrochemical industry. Along with agricultural reform in Western economies, farmers have fewer resources to spend on agricultural inputs, thus reducing the value of crop protection markets. Generic producers of off-patent pesticide products who compete with low-cost products are gaining market share, especially in developing countries. New products have to meet the increasingly stringent criteria in the major, Western markets for product registration. Consumers continue to be suspicious of the environmental and health effects of pesticide products. For most (if not all) crop protection problems, at least one reasonably effective solution is already on the market, implying that new pesticide products have to compete with established products on both end-user service and price. Moreover, competition from substitute technologies such as the new genetic technologies...

Evaluating Models And Programs For Pesticide Resistance Management

While we may believe that existing studies of the fit between theory and empirical observation justify the use of population biology theory to develop pesticide use and resistance management programs, a final demonstration of their utility remains necessary. In order to demonstrate the utility of mathematical and numerical modeling, the programs developed using them

Integrated pest management IPM

Indicators of IPM, as for non-chemical pest control methods, are assumed to pose fewer risks to human health and the environment than 'conventional' pesticide application methods and can potentially be applied to manage pest pressures without affecting farm profitability. The definitions of practices need to be harmonised to improve international comparability, and the data availability on areas where both chemical and non-chemical methods are used in parallel, including IPM, needs to be improved. The cultivated area under IPM is an indicator of comprehensive pest management, reduced pesticide risk, and optimal timing of pesticide use (as measured by the number or area of farms and or crops where IPM is used). It addresses all pests and pest control methods, and it attempts to optimise the use of pesticides, not to replace them. It may be the best indicator of farm pest management efficiency, but it probably has a lower sensitivity to environmental concerns than the indicator on the...

Future research challenges

Data availability is the main barrier to wider use of pest management indicators, as many OECD countries do not have reliable information on the extent to which these practices are used. Environmental conditions and farming systems vary within and across OECD countries and, consequently, best farm management practices vary from one region to another. For example, there is no need to change pest control practices if pesticide use is already at a low level for climatic or other reasons. Thus, identifying and developing a standard set of indicators on pest management practices across the OECD is not straightforward.

Environmental assessment of sitespecific pest management

For the foreseeable future, the identification and control of weeds are likely to lead the development of technologies for site-specific pest management. In the industrialised countries, herbicide expenditures are the leading agrochemical cost associated with production of most annual crops. Moreover, as plant toxins, herbicides tend to have low human toxicity, and so have been little affected by regulatory restrictions designed to protect human health. Combine these facts with the immobility of weeds on the flat plane of the soil surface, and both the commercial incentive and the technological feasibility of site-specific weed management are present to motivate innovation. The pace of development in the nematode, insect and disease fields will depend upon the mobility (and hence sampling cost) of the respective pest species and upon the continued availability of easily targetable pest control agents. An important feature of site-specific pest management is that it tends to rely on...

Prognosis for adoption of SSPM and pesticide reduction

Adoption of SSPM methods is most likely where pests are relatively immobile -hence with weeds and nematodes. Much will depend on the technical feasibility of accurately predicting or sensing pest location and accurately treating pests found. Timeliness is crucial. Costs and product prices drive profitability. So if sensing technologies became accurate and reliable, they would cut information collection costs dramatically. Where pest controls are expensive or crop products are valuable, or both, adoption is more likely. Finally, government policies can affect the expected The key sufficient condition for adoption of SSPM methods is that the added value from increased yield quantity and or quality must exceed the added net cost of pest control. For nutrient management, this positive benefit cost ratio has occurred so far only in medium- to high-value crops. It is becoming evident for fertilisers that renewed agronomic research will be needed to redefine site-specific rates.

Claims about potential risks

In the case of Bt insect-resistant GM crops, there is concern that they may speed up the development of Bt resistance in Bt-susceptible species. This would create particular problems for organic growers, for whom sprays of Bt toxin are one of the few available pest control measures. Another concern is that insect-resistant GM crops may harm non-target species such as pollinators (e.g. bees), pest predators (e.g. ladybirds) and other valued insects (e.g. butterflies), either directly or indirectly through the food chain or through changed management practices associated with the GM crop.

Insectresistant Bt crops

Companies accept the possibility that the targeted pests will develop resistance. In laboratory tests, at least ten species of moths, two species of beetles and four species of flies have developed resistance to Bt toxins (Tabashnik 1994, quoted in Wolfenbarger & Phifer 2000). In the field, the diamond back moth (Plutella xylostella), a common and widespread pest of Brassica species, has developed resistance to sprays of Bt toxin. Whereas Bt sprays, which are used for pest control in organic farming, are used intermittently, the Bt toxin in Bt crops is present throughout the season. This increases pest exposure, so may increase the chances of resistance developing, especially if (as in some Bt maize, for example) the levels of Bt toxin expressed by the crop are not uniformly high or tail off towards the end of the growing season.

Implications for sustainable development

However, it is possible that GM crops could contribute to the 'environmental management' form of sustainable agriculture. For this to occur, it will no longer be possible to view GM crops as the easy management option, as promoted by some companies. Instead, their use will require skilful management to achieve precisely targeted pest control and to avoid any secondary or long-term undesirable impacts. Growers will require expert advice, on-going training and well-funded research support. They will need to be given clear management guidelines, backed up by regulation and monitoring.

Overviews of Evolutionary Biology

Contributed the chapter on The diversity of life (with several coauthors but mostly written by him Mayr 1970h). While physicists deal with only a limited number of elementary particles, biologists estimate that five to ten million (or more) different species of organisms exist today, each of which represents a different genetic system, and each member of these species is also genetically unique. The knowledge of each species and a classification of related species are of biological and practical importance (e.g., in biological control). Emphasizing the organismic aspects of biology Mayr (1970h 30) felt that one day there must emerge a new philosophy of science, based largely on the findings of biology rather than those of physics. Man is part of the evolutionary stream and continues to evolve. Evolutionary biology provides the tools for a scientific approach to a study of the future of man. Useful and noxious species of animals and plants must be studied in detail for pest control and...

Clinical features

Usually the story of the infestation is presented in great detail, perhaps involving an original event such as an insect bite. 'Proof' is presented by displaying skin lesions, deformed nails, bald patches, etc. The 'matchbox' or 'pill-bottle' sign, in which the patient produces a small container in which 'insect corpses' or 'eggs' are kept, is typical these nearly always turn out to be dried mucus, skin scrapings, or pieces of lint. Often, there is incessant cleaning of self and surroundings, and repeated demands may be made to local authorities or pest-control agencies for disinfestation of the home. At times bizarre and even dangerous self-treatment is resorted to, such as applying boiling water or corrosive substances to the skin. The more normal part of the psyche is dominated by shame or fear of passing on the infestation, so that progressive social isolation tends to occur, with attendance on doctors as virtually the only outside activity.

Organic farming sustainable agriculture and the modern agrofood system

A related theme within both conventional and alternative agriculture over the past decade or more has been the need to make agriculture more sustainable. Sustain-ability has proven to be a universally embraced and appropriated concept, and consequently its meaning is highly contested. Jules Pretty (1998), as an advocate, has identified some key principles for sustainable agriculture firstly, a thorough integration of natural processes such as nutrient cycling, nitrogen fixation, soil regeneration and pest-predator relationships into agricultural production processes secondly, a minimisation of external and non-renewable inputs that damage the environment or farmers' health thirdly, full participation of farmers in problem solving and greater use of farmers' knowledge and experience in seeking technical and technological solutions. Lastly, wildlife, water, landscape and other public goods of the countryside should be enhanced in terms of quantity and quality. Sustainable agriculture...

Radicality of agrochemical innovation

Testing for biological activity differ very much between the various classes of pesticide products. Moreover, for most of the companies in this industry, the heuristics that are applied to identify promising chemical leads are compliementary the choice of leads is most likely determined by considerations of efficiency and efficacy, rather than applicability. It might even be difficult to argue that the new biotechnology, which has led to the integration of pesticide and seed businesses as explored by Monsanto and AgrEvo, is competence destroying since the same fundamental techniques are applied in both the genetic modification of crops and the identification and testing of biologically active compounds and their modes of activity. The critical competence in the strobilurin case is not strobilurin chemistry, but abilities in chemical synthesis, elucidation of the metabolic interferences of lead compounds, and the set-up of screenings for biological activity. In comparison to these...

Arthropod resistance to synthetic and natural insecticides and acaricides

The appearance of insecticide-resistant vector or pest insect population is practically inevitable provided that the particular insecticide is used above a certain level for a certain duration of time. The genes providing for susceptibility of the arthropod vector populations to particular groups of pesticides may be considered a non-renewable resource that should optimally be maintained by all people engaged in vector or pest control operations. Since there are only a very limited number of pesticides available for use in vector control programmes, these chemicals should be regarded as a valuable resource and protected accordingly (WHO 1992).

A framework for analysis production innovation institutions

However, this sphere is not static it has evolved over time. New technologies have become available for pest control. One particularly important setting is the chemical industry. In the public research laboratories, also, agronomic knowledge has provided new insights, partly in response to practical problems in agricultural production. Each of these innovative processes is denoted with the second sphere of agricultural innovation. crop management. Simultaneously, they have to control cost because of increased competition from the world market. This should be accomplished by, among other measures, a reduction of fertiliser and pesticide inputs and by the stimulation of more sustainable forms of agricultural production. Pesticides should be more effective at lower application doses, less toxic to non-target organisms, non-persistent and not pose a threat to groundwater quality. Such demands pose a serious innovation challenge to the agrochemical industry, traditionally a major supplier...

Contamination By Human Pathogens

Management of growing conditions is of paramount importance in preventing the contamination of fresh produce by human pathogens. There are risk factors to consider such as growing conditions, agricultural practices used by specific growers, the time of year, growing region environment, and management practices that may change over the course of a season. Climate, weather, water quality, soil fertility, pest control, as well as irrigation, and other management practices are difficult to integrate towards the development and implementation of microbial risk prevention and reduction programs on the farm 16 .


Synthetic chemicals will probably continue for some time as the major weapon against most pests because of their general reliability and rapid action, and their ability to maintain the high quality of agricultural products that is demanded by urban consumers today. Although new chemicals offer a short-term solution, this approach to pest control alone will rarely provide a viable, long-term strategy. Moreover, a few years of commercial exploitation may not justify the investment required to develop a new pesticide today, except where there are reasonable prospects that a pesticide's mode of action may be beyond

Pest management

Losses of agricultural production because of pests can jeopardise farm economic viability. Pesticides are generally used when the financial benefit, measured by the value of increased yield or crop quality, exceeds the cost of applying the pesticide. Pest management decisions mainly involve applying the mix of pesticides more efficiently and choosing between biological pest control methods and pesticides. Where pesticides are used, the objective of reducing the cost of pesticide use is achieved through decisions which involve selecting the most appropriate pesticides, the timing of the application and the application method. Monocultures in arable production often increase pest problems and the risk of strains of insects and weeds developing resistance to pesticides. Inclusion of forage crops with grain or horticultural crops, in regular crop rotation, is likely to reduce the need for pest control. Allelopathic crops and residues release natural compounds that discourage certain...


Although proximate sensors have not been applied to insect control in annual crops, commercial sensor applications have developed in fruit tree crops. These so-called 'smart spray' systems use optical vegetation sensing to switch on and off according to the presence of target trees and tree height (Giles et al. 1989). Such technologies can reduce spray use in the third dimension in a manner directly analogous to the way that leaving part of an annual crop field saves spray in two dimensions.

Farmer uptake

In the 1997 NASS farmer survey, farmers said their main reasons for adopting GM crops were to increase yields through improved pest control (54-76 of farmers, depending on crop and trait) and to decrease pesticide input costs (19-42 , the highest proportion being for Bt cotton). With low market prices for agricultural products at the time, it is not surprising that ways of increasing income and reducing costs were high on most farmers' list of priorities. Reasons that might be linked to reducing environmental impact were low on the list. 'Increased planting flexibility' (for example, by using reduced-tillage or no-tillage systems) was cited by only 2-6 of farmers, and 'adoption of more environmentally friendly practices' by 0-2 (Fernandez-Cornejo & McBride 2000).