What is Integrated Pest Management?

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.

For information on how to control pests, visit the Our Water Our World website

Below are Fact Sheets from the “Our Water Our World” website. They are designed to assist you in finding non-toxic and less-toxic solutions for managing pests in and around the home. You can pick up these fact sheets at City Hall, 250 Main Street during business hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Specific Pests

General Assistance

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