What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

IPM= Integrated Pest Management

What does IPM do for me?

IPM reduces pest problems in an environmentally friendly way.

How do I use IPM?

  • Diversify your plantings.
  • Watch for early signs of pest damage.
  • Tolerate light insect feeding.

Where do I start with IPM?

Try Cultural methods first:

  • Select plants that are appropriate for each location and provide proper water and nutrition.
  • Plant a diverse group of  trees, shrubs and perennials.
  • Choose plants bred for resistance to insect pests and diseases.
  • Allow Beneficial insects to do their job:  Tolerate spiders, wasps, and ladybird beetles around the property.  Provide food and shelter for beneficial insects by planting a variety of plants (especially perennials).

If those don’t work, Chemical control can be used as a last resort:

  • Use less toxic pesticides like horticultural oil and insecticidal soap to preserve beneficial insects.
  • Remember, when using pesticides follow all label directions carefully, the label is the law.

 

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