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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a method of controlling indoor and outdoor pests using the least toxic methods available through a combination of controls including mechanical, biological and chemical.

Are You Giving the Bugs a Great Place to Live?


  • A moist, cool, protected environment. Bugs love ivy, standing water, and woodpiles.
  • Animal waste, rotting fruit, and debris provide the perfect breeding ground for bugs.


  • Easy access into your house
  • Easy access to food and water

Plan your IPM battle strategy in this order:

1st – Physical Controls

  • Hand picking
  • Cleanliness
  • Barriers
  • Caulking holes
  • Vacuuming
  • Traps

2nd – Biological Controls

  • Predatory insects (for example, use ladybugs to eat aphids and parasitic insects)
  • Bacterial insecticides (for example, use Bacillus thuringiensis, or B.t., to kill caterpillars)
  • Birds, toads and spiders

3rd – Chemical Controls – Your Last Resort

  • Dehydrating dusts (for example, diatomaceous earth)
  • Insecticidal soaps
  • Boric acid powder
  • Horticultural oils
  • Insect Growth Regulators, or IGRs – these interrupt the reproductive cycle of insects without affecting their enemies
  • Baits

Check out our Fact Sheets to find IPM techniques that work!

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