A GIS Approach to Measuring Economic Costs of Integrated Pest Management Tools in Rice Processing Facilities

Methyl bromide is a commonly used fumigant for controlling insects in food processing facilities. However, it has been designated as an ozone depleter and is becoming less available and more costly. Integrated pest management (IPM) is an alternative, and may additionally reduce insecticide resistance, improve worker safety, and reduce environmental concerns and consumer concerns about pesticide residuals. However, little is known about the costs and efficacy of IPM in food processing facilities. Here, we consider several IPM approaches and measure both the treatment costs as well as the costs of failing to control insects for each approach. The results will provide managers economic information to choose a better insect control method in their goal of producing wholesome, pest-free and profitable products.

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