Cooperative Extension Fresno County
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Cooperative Extension Fresno County

Integrated Pest Management

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What is IPM?

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment.
Successful IPM begins with correct identification of the pest. Only then can a selection of appropriate IPM methods and materials be made. Bring in a sample or your pest problems to the Gardening Helpline desk to identify your pest and get a diagnosis and management plan.

Quick Tip Cards

Quick Tip cards may be accessed at UC IPM Online.  Choose from Ants, Aphids, Fleas, Spider Mites, Powdery Mildew, Pesticides: Safe and Effective Use in the Home and Landscape, Garden Chemicals: Safe Use and Disposal and more. 

Quick Tips Library in English

Notas Breves en Español

Individual Quick Tip Cards may also be requested from the Gardening Helpline or by email.

IPM help from a UC Master Gardener at a local nursery
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