Making Management Decisions for Pests: Past, Present, and Future Approaches
Proper pest management is essential for profitable and environmentally sound crop production. And at the heart of pest management is the issue of decision making. An important tenet of pest management is that some levels of pests are tolerable: it is neither profitable nor environmentally safe to try to eliminate all pests. Consequently, the major pest management decisions that need to be answered are what levels of a pest are tolerable and what levels require control. Depending on the pest, answering these questions may be trivially easy to horribly complex.