The Field Pest Biologist culminates in a Master Pest Control Operator whose function it would be to set up a full pest control program for a facility. This would entail a full assessment of the site to identify infestation, areas of access and vulnerability where pests might enter and nest in the facility. The field pest biologist would then work out a treatment plan combining all elements of integrated pest management to firstly block entry into the facility, then removing food and water sources and only then implement a treatment program that will use the least amount of pesticides choosing the options that are least toxic with acceptable LD50 values. Monitoring the success of the pest control plan coupled with infestation flow charts will then be the priority to advise the customer on strategies to minimize ongoing infestation.
The Field Pest Biologist will also be able to:
- Assist in developing a plan to assist the decision making process on the type of control to apply.
- Execute post-application monitoring
- Apply environmental and community considerations.
- Understand the different types of control measures that can be applied in integrated pest management programme for pests, diseases and weeds.
- Understand the full HACCP/GMP flow in a facility
- Apply HACCP and Food Safety principles in a pest management program
- Carry out regular audits to determine vulnerabilities and the effectiveness of the Pest Control Program.