This strategy describes an integrative and ecological approach to pest management. IPM strategies include various preventive and treatment options, considering seasonal changes and ecological and environmental factors.
Suppose we apply the definition of Integrated Pest Management to varroa. In that case, we aim to combine biotechnical means of control and treatments, associated with active monitoring of the parasite load throughout the season. This combination allows us to maintain the level of infestation below the threshold at which damage or an economically unacceptable loss appears.
We are thus moving from a reactive system (“I will treat after the last honeyflow”) to a preventive system: “I prevent varroa from reaching a damaging threshold for my colonies”.
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