Home, Lawn & Garden
IPM is not a practice limited to commercial and agricultural situations;
it can also be used by the general public throughout our community.
Home, lawn and garden IPM is a part of our Community IPM program, which
also includes School IPM and Public Health.
We all want our homes, lawns and gardens to be attractive, safe and pest-free environments. But because all living things seek food, water and shelter, sometimes we find unwanted "guests" in our midst, also known as "pests". A pest can be anything from ants in the kitchen, weeds in the lawn, a fungus on the trees to a deer in the garden.
An IPM approach to pest management provides the most effective way of suppressing pests for good, while assuring the safety of pets, kids and yourself. While pesticides (bug sprays, weed killers, etc.) can be used as part of an IPM program, it is a good idea to limit their use and thereby, your exposure. Pesticides should be used only as a last resort and carefully chosen, carefully used, carefully stored and carefully disposed of.
Resorting to pesticides without full knowledge of your target pests and/or the chemical properties of the pesticide can lead to unnecessary, ineffective or downright dangerous use of chemicals. Be especially careful indoors! If you feel you must use a chemical as part of the solution for a pest problem, seek information on the least-toxic, most effective alternatives from your County Cooperative Extension office, Master Gardeners or other trusted sources. NOTE: Sales clerks at stores are generally not able to provide accurate, unbiased information on pests or pesticide products.