Sustainable pest management requires an integrated approach. Pesticides are one of many tools used in IPM. Most non-agriculture and structural pest management focuses on pesticide applications for right-of-way, turf and landscape, rangelands and indoors. Understanding the initial pesticide distribution in the environment at the landscape scale requires information on pesticide use practices. Timely data such as the pesticide identity, amount, target pest and site can be enormously useful both in the protection of human and environmental health.
Accurate information can help provide better risk assessments and illuminate pest management practices that are particularly problematic to target the development of alternatives. When toxic chemicals must be used, the data helps managers to employ training and technologies specifically designed to protect applicators, workers, and the environment. It is also useful when making short and long-term policy and budgeting decisions related to IPM and best management practice.
SCC Integrated Pest Management – Pesticide Use Reporting System (IPM-PUR), a web-based relational database discusses framework, user data entry process, provides analytical tools for IPM decision making processes, cost-economics, worker safety, environmental data, compliance to signage posting, and data for regulatory reports for structural and non-agriculture pest management.
The IPM program in collaboration with County's Technology Services and Solutions Department developed the IPM-PURS, a central data bank of pest management activities and pesticide use information (non-production agriculture and structural) that includes most of the information mentioned above to facilitate analytical reporting by applicators, departments focusing on pesticide use reduction, as for meeting legal and administrative reporting requirements. Other requested fields (not mandatory) available in the reporting system includes weather conditions, information on neighboring locations, protective equipment used, nearby wells, sensitive areas (water, wetlands, schools), and water application.
Pesticide use data captured from SCC IPM-PUR has a wide range of uses in both the environmental and health sectors including for practicing IPM and for water quality, drinking water, fish and wildlife, human epidemiology, risk assessment, public health, worker safety, and food quality protection.
We expect its greater adoption, as we improve system capabilities and interfaces including GIS/GPS, and make it available for adoption with accessibility features in the public domain.