Intergrated Pest Management

What is it?

Integrated Pest Management is a sustainable approach to managing pests through biological, cultural, physical, and chemical control methods.

Why should I use IPM?

      Provides long-lasting strategies resulting in more consistent pest control for happier customers

      You can reduce business expenses by using less pesticide, fuel, and equipment

      Minimize pest resistance – this prevents the pest population from rebounding and being difficult to control

      Minimize environmental impacts such as water pollution due to runoff and leaching

What does an IPM program involve?

A successful IPM program uses the following steps and strategies:

1.Routinely scout for pests and disease, especially key pests of common plants: this allows for early detection; only treat when pests are present; detects the failure of a control; detects pest resistance

2.Determine what pest is responsible: accurate pest or disease identification is crucial in choosing control; recognize the beneficial predators and whether they may provide adequate control without any interference

3.Determine the damage threshold: how many pests can be tolerated before unacceptable loss occurs?

4.Devise solution for pest or disease: first try cultural, physical/mechanical or biological control options; if that fails use appropriate chemical control

5.Evaluate your treatment: Did it work? Is there a better way to do it next time? Can I use this approach again on this site or other sites?

For more information:

The UF/IFAS Solutions for Your Life IPM Website
Florida-Friendly Landscaping
The U.S. EPA IPM Principles Fact Sheet
The University of California IPM Website
Texas A&M IPM Website
Southern IPM Center
National IPM Center
USDA IPM Website
IRAC (Insect Resistance Action Committee) Website