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Georgia Integrated Pest Management

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Stink Bug
David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

Use Integrated Pest Management to Control Pests and Reduce Pesticide Risks

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a way to control pests that emphasizes plant health, sanitation, biological control, and other nonchemical methods. Pesticides are often part of IPM, but they are used as little as possible. If pesticides are necessary, they are selected and used to minimize human and environmental risks.

IPM Basics

Healthy plants - the right plant in the right place

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    Asian Tiger Mosquito
    Susan Ellis,
    Healthy soil
  • Proper moisture
  • Proper sunlight
  • USDA hardiness zone
  • Use host plant resistance

Sanitation and maintenance

  • Do not provide food, water, or shelter for pests
  • Seal cracks and repair leaks promptly
  • Remove spent, diseased, or infested plant material

Scout regularly

  • Catch problems early
  • Identify natural controls (e.g., beneficial insects)
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Black Carpenter Ant
Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series,

Nonchemical options

  • Cultural controls - planting date, host plant resistance
  • Mechanical/physical controls - tillage, hoeing, mulching, screens
  • Biological controls

Chemical options

  • Use pesticides sparingly
  • Protect beneficial species
  • FOLLOW the pesticide label



University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)