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What is IPM?

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is both a way of thinking and a way of acting in regard to pests. People who practice IPM try to prevent damage from pests or to manage them in ways that reduce risks to the environment and human health. One way to understand IPM is to compare it to non-IPM practices.

IPM Practice Non-IPM Practice
Ask: Is the invader really a pest?' Identify it Assume that invader must be controlled
Proactive: look for pests; set lures; exclude pests with barriers Reactive: use controls after problem is discovered
Multiple tools: sanitation, prevention, proper plant selection, cultivation, biological control Primary tool: chemical pesticides
When no other methods work, treat visible pests during their most vulnerable stage Scheduled or "calendar" treatments are possible
Specific pesticides that are least toxic to humans should target pests and conserve beneficials Broad spectrum pesticides can kill many different kinds of organisms
Spot treatments in specific areas mean less pesticide is applied Large areas can be sprayed