Integrated Pest Management

mulching staked pepper plants

Mulching is a recognized management practice that saves soil and moisture, and helps prevent weed growth (USDA Nat. Res. Cons. Service).

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, combines appropriate methods to prevent or reduce pests such as weeds, insects, rodents and the agents that cause plant and human diseases to acceptable levels while causing the least impact on the environment and public health. The practice of IPM is not limited to agriculture, but is used in schools, daycare centers, parks, homes, golf courses and gardens. IPM programs can be site-, crop- or pest-specific. This website presents the basic concepts of IPM and provides links to more detailed resources. Be sure to click on the links below, or in the navigation pane on left, and explore the information these pages provide.

  1. Defining IPM
  2. Why Practice IPM
  3. Monitoring (scouting)
  4. Assessment
  5. Taking Action (control measures)
  6. IPM Quiz


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