Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systematic approach that combines pest prevention with other management techniques that often lead to a reduction in pesticide use. Because IPM is perceived as desirable, public agencies are increasingly being challenged by regulatory agencies and the general public to implement IPM programs and hire technically proficient IPM service providers. We have produced this toolkit to help public agencies succeed with these two tasks.
Focus of the EcoWise IPM contracting toolkit
This Tool Kit focuses on structural IPM, which involves household pests, such as ants, cockroaches, rats, and mice, that cause problems inside and around structures. The IPM concepts and much of the information in this Tool Kit can also be used to develop IPM programs for landscape pests. Landscape IPM, however, is more complex, and the pests encountered, the IPM treatment strategies used, and the pesticides that might be applied are different.