Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the use of several methods in a co-ordinated approach to preventing and controlling pests. This can be a combination of prevention, housekeeping, eradication and monitoring. IPM is environmentally sensitive and often has the aim of using fewer and less pesticides. IPM principles are as important in Do it Yourself (DIY) home and garden pest control as they are for professional and agricultural pest management.
It is rarely likely that a single approach to controlling any pest will be sufficient on its own. For best on-going success a good overall view of why there is a pest problem and what risks there are of a pest becoming a problem is needed.
What are the main approaches of Integrated Pest Management?
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists four steps in IPM;
Set Action Thresholds
What does IPM mean for you at home?
This all sounds a bit much for dealing with pests at home, but if we look at it from the home DIY pest control and gardening perspectives and simplify these principles it means:
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