Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an environmentally sensitive approach to pest control that relies on common sense practices. Integrated Pest Management can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings such as the garden and workplace.
H2-Integrated Pest Management Programs
Most Integrated Pest Management Programs take the following steps:
- Set Action Thresholds – The level at which pests will become a major threat to your threes and shrubs.
- Monitor and Identify Pests-Integrated Pest Management Programs work to monitor and identify pests accurately so the correct decisions concerning control can be made. Monitoring pests takes away the possibility of removing a potentially useful pesticide.
- Prevention – Integrated Pest Management programs work to manage the crop, lawn, or indoor space by preventing pests from infiltrating and becoming a threat to any agriculture. Some methods include rotating different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, or planting pest-free rootstock. These methods are not only effective, but are environmentally friendly and cost-efficient.
- Control – Once you have identified your threshold, identified any pests, and concluded that preventive methods are no longer an option; it is time to now control your pest problem. There are less risky control methods that can be effective. Some methods include trapping or weeding. If those control methods are not options anymore, an additional pest control method may be used, such as targeted spraying of pesticides. Tree spraying of non-specific pesticides should be your last resort for pest control.
To set up an appointment for an arborist evaluation or for more information on Integrated Pest Management, call us at (631) 249-4909, download our brochure, or e-mail us at info@TreeHealth.com.