Integrated Pest Management (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 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.
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. Other Resources
The following infographic has been provided by the
Entomological Society of America: