|Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a term used to describe a proven, cost-effective strategy to combat ongoing pest problems without unnecessary pesticide use. Where conventional methods of pest control turn first to chemical controls, IPM seeks to determine why and how pests are becoming a nuisance, and to address the root causes of the problem. IPM methods emphasize:
1) Monitoring pest activity – find out where the pests are coming from
2) Exclusion, by blocking pest entry points; and
3) Prevention, by denying pests access to food, water and habitat.
IPM uses least toxic pesticides only as a last resort, reducing contamination of air and water, as well as threats to human health.
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