What is IPM?

Integrated pest management is known as IPM. Whether you need to learn about IPM for your career or you need to teach others about IPM, our resources can help.

Examples of IPM strategies include

  • Using predators to reduce pest populations (biological control)
  • Using technology like the weed seed destroyer to reduce population numbers
  • Using apps to predict disease for best fungicide timing
  • Using precision technology to deliver spray directly where needed (apple trees, not spaces between)
  • Using pesticides at the best time for pest control in the smallest amounts to be effective
Grapes growing on vine with bags to protect fruit

How Does IPM Work?

IPM is a science-based, sustainable decision-making process that uses information on pest biology, environmental data, and technology to manage pest damage in a way that minimizes both economic costs and risks to people, property, and the environment. IPM practices are used in agriculture, specialty crops, structures like schools and apartments, in wild areas to control invasive species and in yards and gardens.

IPM uses knowledge of pest and host biology, as well as biological and environmental monitoring, to respond to pest problems with management tactics and technologies designed to: 

  •      Prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage
  •      Minimize the risk to people, property, infrastructure, natural resources, and the environment
  •      Reduce the evolution of pest resistance to pesticides and other pest management practices

IPM provides effective, all-encompassing strategies for managing pests in all arenas, including all forms of agricultural production, military landscapes, public health settings, schools, public buildings, wildlife management, residential facilities, and communities.  This also includes public lands including natural, wilderness, and aquatic areas.

National IPM Roadmap

For strategic directions for IPM research, implementation, and measurement, check out the National IPM Road Map.  The goal of the road map  is to increase adoption, implementation, and efficiency of effective, economical, and safe pest management practices, and to develop new practices where needed.

IPM Handouts

Whether you are new to IPM or you are explaining IPM to others, the following handouts can help. 

The following infographic has been provided by the Entomological Society of America: