What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and natural areas. Integrating biological, physical/mechanical, cultural and chemical control strategies, adverse effects of pesticides are minimized and economic returns are maintained.
Uses beneficial organisms - predators, parasites, pathogens or competitors - to help suppress pest populations.
Kills pest directly or prevents introduction or establishment, including mulching, barriers (netting, fencing), trapping.
Uses tools that make environment less favourable for pest establishment, reproduction, dispersal and/or survival such as crop rotation, resistant cultivars, elimination of alternative hosts, pruning and water management.
Includes synthetic, inorganic, botanical and biological pesticides to kill or inhibit development of target pests.
with Cotesia cocoons
Photo: Christy Shropshire