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Alabama Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center

What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM): is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks (USDA-ARS definition).

Integrated Pest Management (IPM): is the coordinated use of pest and environmental information with available pest control methods to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment (EPA definition).

Examples of IPM:

  • Changing crop production methods to prevent pests, such as the use of fallow periods to reduce populations of certain key pests.
  • Using crop scouts to identify if and when pests and diseases are actually present in the field, rather than following a calendar spraying method.
  • Carefully choosing pesticides that manage an insect pest while not killing the beneficial organisms.
  • The use of physical control methods when economically feasible, such as cultivation of weeds or tillage to bury pathogens.

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