Thorough inspections, in conjunction with effective monitoring, are critical components of any integrated pest management (IPM) program, and there are no better pest monitoring devices than glueboards. Glue-based monitors have become a staple in the industry during the past few decades and come in various shapes and sizes to suit any need, from rodents to flying and crawling insects. Glueboards are discreet, low-cost tools. The information they provide is critical to identify pests and the formulation of a treatment strategy, but also as an ongoing measure of effectiveness and success. Another function of glue monitors is to pinpoint activity or hot spots at an account. Pay careful attention to where each monitor is placed, and record positive hits. Information gleaned from monitors often will lead to structural deficiencies within the account which, when rectified, can remove the conducive conditions that allowed the pests to thrive.
Ed Dolshun is Technical Director, Northeast & Canada Regional Manager, for AP&G Co. Inc.