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Title: Engaging urban stakeholders in the sustainable management of arthropod pests
Contributor(s): Lowe, Elizabeth C (author); Latty, Tanya (author); Webb, Cameron E (author); Whitehouse, Mary E A (author); Saunders, Manu E  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-06
Early Online Version: 2019-01-30
DOI: 10.1007/s10340-019-01087-8
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Abstract: The management of arthropods in urban environments is complex. Although there are species that threaten human health and property, there are also extensive communities of beneficial species that need to be conserved. Current management of arthropod pests in cities relies heavily on the use of synthetic chemicals, which have a range of potential environmental and health impacts. In order to mitigate the impacts of insecticides, urban stakeholders need to be encouraged to reduce reliance on chemical control and adopt more ecologically sustainable approaches. Integrated pest management (IPM) has been globally successful in managing pests in agriculture, but has yet to be broadly practiced in urban systems. Here, we address the global problem of lack of IPM uptake in urban areas. We summarise current arthropod management practices, with comparisons made between the management of pests in urban and agricultural systems, and highlight the benefits of IPM. We then give examples of successful IPM to demonstrate the useful implementation strategies and identify key barriers to the adoption of this approach in urban systems. In particular, the high diversity of stakeholder interests and management practices is a key barrier to overcome in cities, along with lack of awareness of the benefits and implementation strategies of IPM, little emphasis on monitoring pests, restrictions in time/resources, and social factors such as negative public perceptions of insects and policy regulations. We offer suggestions for overcoming these barriers in the hope of encouraging greater application of sustainable arthropod pest management practices for all urban stakeholders.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Pest Science, 92(3), p. 987-1002
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 1612-4766
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 050205 Environmental Management
060208 Terrestrial Ecology
160514 Urban Policy
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 410404 Environmental management
310308 Terrestrial ecology
440714 Urban policy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960411 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Urban and Industrial Environments
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180302 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in fresh, ground and surface water
180204 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments
180602 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science
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