Step 1: Be prepared. What pests can you expect and how can you avoid them? Learn which tactics work—and under which conditions—should pests show up in your yard or on your doorstep. Learn about the beneficial organisms that can help you out.
Step 2: Think prevention. It’s the first step in IPM.
- keep pests out: caulk and seal cracks and holes from cellar to attic
- don’t feed pests: keep it clean, inside and out
- keep plants and lawns healthy so they resist pests better
Step 3: No surprises. Scout routinely, keeping tabs on potential pests. Know your threshold—the point when a few pests become a few too many.
Step 4: Think strategy: Every tactic costs something. Will your benefits justify the costs? Know all the options before you commit.
Step 5: Choose and use: Choose tactics and tools that provide the best results while keeping environmental costs as low as possible and staying within your budget. Whatever option you settle on—do it right!
Step 6: Think again: How did it work? What did you learn? How much has the situation changed?
Integrated pest management rarely relies on just one tactic—it integrates tactics to prevent pests entirely or reduce them to levels you can live with.
Good science. Good sense. IPM.