How Do I Get Started with Integrated Pest Management?
You don't have to be an expert to practice IPM. Simply raising your pest awareness and taking some preventative measures will help reduce your pest problems.
- Be nosy.
Routinely look around your lawn, trees and shrubs for pests or signs of their activity. Look during the day and during night-different pests are active at different times of day. Examine newly obtained plants for insects, making sure to check both sides of the leaves.
- Know what you have.
Identify the pest, and then decide if it is really a problem. Not all insects are "bad". In fact, many insects are considered beneficial because they prey on other insects that actually will harm your plants. Other insects are simply harmless to plants. If you need help identifying a pest, contact the Master Gardeners at your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office.
- Manage pests using IPM methods.
Consult available resources for more information on methods to use on specific pests.
- Follow up.
Revisit both healthy plants and those with pest problems to see if existing problems have been resolved or if new problems have developed.
Source: IPM for Homes: how to use integrated pest management to uninvite residential pests. 2000. NYS Community IPM Program.