Integrated Pest Management


Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.

IPM involves the use of non-chemical pest control methods and the careful use of least-toxic chemical methods when non-chemical methods have been exhausted or are not feasible. When IPM is properly implemented, chemical controls are used only as a last resort. They are used as spot treatments and are chosen and timed to have the smallest negative impact on non-target organisms and the environment.

The Del Norte County Department of Agriculture is available to help identify agricultural and household pests and will refer you to specific IPM articles for guidance on control methods. If you need assistance identifying a pest, please visit our Plant Pathology and Insect ID page for instructions on submitting samples to our office.

Further information on pest control methods for specific pests and their hosts are available at the University of California Integrated Pest Management website: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/index.html