Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Published: | Updated: June 21, 2018

Definition - What does Integrated Pest Management (IPM) mean?

An integrated pest management involves taking action to prevent pests from becoming a problem. It is a system of pest control that has been devised in order to solve problems caused by pests while minimizing the risks to the environment and people.

Safeopedia explains Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated pest management (IPM) takes the focus off the pest and onto the environmental factors, which allow the pest to thrive. After analyzing those factors, it is possible to create conditions that make it impossible for the pest to cause harm to the environment. You are then able to make a decision as to whether or not pest control is warranted. An example might be growing crops that can withstand pest attacks, or caulking cracks to stop rodents from gaining access to a building.

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