5 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Control Methods
The goal of any successful lawn and landscape management program is to optimize (not maximize) pest control over time. A pest is any insect, mite, nematode, rodent, fungus, weed, or other organism that is problematic to humans, structures, plants or animals. Integrated pest management often combines non-chemical and chemical control methods to reduce economic and aesthetic losses from pests.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Control Methods.
Cultural Control: The continual improvement of plant health so it can successfully compete against pests (soil preparation, fertility, proper planting, plant selection, mulching and mowing).
Mechanical Control: The physical elimination of a pest (cultivating, pruning, hoeing, weed removal, mowing and hand picking).
Biological Control: The use of living organisms to lower pest populations (predators, parasites and pest diseases).
Preventative Control: The act of preventing the initial entry and spread of pests (quarantines, inspections and certified seed).
Chemical Control: The application of a pesticide to reduce a pest threat (to be used only after proper scouting has confirmed pest populations to be large enough to warrant chemical control).
Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn and/or landscape related pest concern you may have. Thank you for your time!