Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
“Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment.” University of California IPM online
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system is designed to effectively manage and maintain your property’s health and aesthetic value. At the core of this system is site monitoring which is intended to take control action only if/when necessary and to reduce unnecessary pesticide applications. When pesticide use is required, reduced risk applications are always the first choice.
There is no justifiable reason to spray entire tree canopies with persistent broad spectrum insecticides each spring to control insects. Gone should be the days when the phone rings with the message from your tree service or pest control company that it is time for your annual tree canopy spray. There is no justification to spraying without a real reason other than to eliminate what may be an imaginary problem. Most insects are not harmful to you or your trees!! Make sure they are properly identified and only treated if necessary.
Site monitoring for actual problems and control action if necessary is the only ethical approach to the tree and shrub health management. This approach helps to protect you, your family and pets. It is also the best choice for the environment.