Integrated Pest Management (IPM) was developed as a sustainable, ecologically based solution to pest control founded on comprehensive and current scientific knowledge about “the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/ipm.htm).” According to Mary E. Barbercheck of Penn State University, “The goal of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is to control populations of pests below levels that result in economic damage. Ideally, this is achieved through the integration of all suitable control techniques in a compatible manner (http://www.extension.org/article/19916).” IPM relies on deterrence and careful observation to identify and apply an effective array of treatment measures only when and where they are necessary and likely to be most effective.
A number of IPM systems have now been developed for both agricultural and non agricultural use. And there are many IPM resources now available for specific systems and situations. I have listed 10 IPM information resources which you can see by clicking the ‘Read More‘ tab below. They will be archived on our new IPM Resources Page, and I will continue to add to the list as I come across new resources. Readers are encouraged to ‘contact us’ with suggestions for additional resources. Read more »