Key IPM Methods
Some key methods in IPM programs include:
- Plant pest resistant or well adapted plant varieties such as native plants.
- Alter the garden or home environment to deprive the pests of food, water, shelter and other requirements they need to thrive.
- Keep pests out of the home and garden using barriers, screens, and caulking.
- Squash, trap, wash off or prune out pests.
- Rely on natural enemies in your garden to kill pests, thereby eliminating the need for insecticides that may end up in our waterways.
- Pesticides should only be used when nonchemical methods are ineffective and pests are reaching intolerable levels; choose products carefully so that the least toxic, most effective material is used.
Refer to the Statewide IPM website for further information on Integrated Pest Management.