|Perez-Mendoza, Joel -|
|Weier, Jeff -|
Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: February 21, 2012
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Citation: Campbell, J.F., Perez-Mendoza, J., Weier, J. 2012. Insect pest management decisions in food processing facilities. In: Hagstrum, D.W., Phillips, T.W., Cuperus, G., editors. Stored Product Protection. S156. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University. p. 219-233. Technical Abstract: Pest management decision making in food processing facilities such as flour mills, rice mills, human and pet food manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and warehouses, and retail stores is a challenging undertaking. Insect pest management programs require an understanding of the food facility structure and operations; the community of pest species that can occur at the facility along with their behavior, ecology and biology; and how to effectively use the suite of monitoring and management tools available. The central question is how to best integrate these various tools into a coherent and effective program within the constraints imposed by maintaining the operation of a food production and storage facility and the production and maintenance of a quality food product. Effective programs need to be knowledge-based, flexible, and developed for the specific features of a given location. The specific tools both for monitoring and pest suppression have been presented in other chapters in this book, so in this chapter the focus is on the philosophy and strategies for using these tools to make pest management decisions. Specific topics covered include inspection programs, determining critical control points, pest monitoring programs, and establishing action thresholds and pest management responses.