IPM is a decision-making process emphasizing practices that quite often lead to a decrease in the amount of pesticide used.

Cockroaches are among the most important household pests. Photo credit: Matt Bertone

Cockroaches are among the most important household pests. Photo credit: Matt Bertone

Description

 IPM is a decision-making process emphasizing practices that quite often lead to a decrease in the amount of pesticide used. It manages pests through sanitation, exclusion, and nonchemical devices rather than depending exclusively on pesticides. IPM uses information about pests' life cycles to manage them with the least impact on people and the environment.

Pests are any living organisms that negatively affect humans or their property. Pests include weeds and plant diseases, as well as insects
that feed on plants or stored products, transmit pathogens, or are nuisances. Other animals, such as snails, ticks, mites, mice, rats, groundhogs, pigeons, and deer, can become pests in certain situations.ipm-pyramid.png