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Integrated Pest Management

Healthier Environment

University of California Master Gardeners preserve and encourage healthy environments with sustainable gardening practices, green waste reduction, and water conservation. UC Master Gardeners prevent, detect, and manage invasive and endemic species by educating communities about invasive species and safe alternatives.Below are just a few examples of the many outstanding projects developed by UC Master Gardeners throughout the state. Visit your local program website for a full listing of projects in your county. 

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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

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 non-target 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.
Videos are available in Spanish

IPM help from a UC Master Gardener at a local nursery

A Master Gardener was having issues with her apple tree. On previous years she was able to harvest bountiful bushels of delicious juicy apples from her tree from which she made fabulous deserts.  One of her pleasures as she strolled through her garden in the morning was to reach up and pluck an apple from the tree and eat it while inspecting her garden. On one particular morning as she reached up to pick an apple she noticed it had a brown spot on it. It seemed that every apple she picked had the same ugly brown spot on it. She brought it to her husband’s attention, and, like George Washington, her husband was ready to chop down that tree.
Enter the Fresno County Master Gardener IPM team.  The Master Gardener had discussed the issue with the team and described what was going on with her tree. They went through a series of questions as one might when a call is
received on the MG help line. The MG IPM team conducted research on the State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) website and found a link to what it considered might be the solution to the apple tree problem. The IPM info described precisely what was happening with the tree and offered
We’re sharing this scenario to demonstrate that the IPM site is a valuable resource for MGs and the public alike. If you haven’t already done so, we’d like to encourage you to check it out in an effort to resolve issues you may be having in your garden or family orchard. Share the site with friends and neighbors.