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Pest Management Association of Jamaica - Committed to the protection of public health, food and property

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Pest Management Association of Jamaica (PMAJ), is a non-profit organisation established to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.

Pesticides are designed to be toxic to the pests they target and when used properly, pesticides can protect your plants, homes and commercial establishments from damage. However, when the label instructions are not followed correctly, plant injury may occur, pests may not be controlled, health may be impaired, and pesticides may contribute to soil, air, or water pollution.

As operators and applicators, we always promote integrated pest management (IPM), the holistic approach to controlling pests that attempt to minimise or eliminate the use of potentially harmful pesticides. By addressing the points of entry that would allow pests to enter a facility, and denying them harborage and food, IPM practices help reduce the need for pesticides, which can threaten the environment, workers and customers, in food service establishments and homes.

Homeowners and food-handling establishments must work with a qualified pest management professional trained in IPM practices to develop an IPM plan to address the pest problem(s) or take preventative steps against an infestation.

Over the next several months, PMAJ will have as one of its primary objectives, the promotion amongst our membership of the decreased usage of pesticides in food-handling establishments, while encouraging improved general sanitation practices in these establishments. This will increase food and environmental safety in food handling establishments.