IPM for Homes
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|