Production Dictionary

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a science-based, sustainable decision-making process that uses information on pest biology, environmental data, and technology to manage pest damage in a way that minimizes both economic costs and risks to people, property, and the environment. IPM includes the use of beneficial insects and natural pest control methods, setting action thresholds, monitoring or scouting pests, and prevention and control with pesticides.