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Photo of a Cabbage plant suffering from Looper Damage What is IPM?

IPM is the abbreviation for Integrated Pest Management -- not "Insect Pest Management."  Insect pest management is a dynamic process that utilizes IPM as a strategy for managing pests.

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IPM combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical control methods in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.

The goal of IPM is to achieve long-term suppression of target pests with minimal impact on non-target organisms and the environment.  IPM strategy is universal across all disciplines of pest management.  

The five basic steps to follow when implementing an IPM program are:    

Photo of a small green Cabbage Looper Larva crawling on a leaf.1. Inspection / Monitoring for pest presence or damage

2. Pest Identification

3. Establishment of an action threshold (when you should intervene to prevent intolerable damage)

4. Use of appropriate control measures that are economically feasible & environmentally compatible, choosing from:

a. Cultural / Mechanical / Physical

b. Natural / Biological

c. Chemical

5. Evaluation of effectiveness through continued inspection / monitoring and adequate record keeping

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