Integrated pest management (IPM) is a way of managing pests in a garden that is socially acceptable, environmentally responsible and economically viable. IPM promotes minimized pesticide use, enhanced environmental stewardship and sustainable landscapes. IPM is a process, defined by each particular situation. The key to success has been developing new ways to understand and make decisions about pest management. Since there is no magic bullet, no simple and specific schedule of pesticides or fertilizers or plowing and planting techniques that defines IPM, it can mean different things for different people. Always, though, it refers to a way of gardening that aims to protect and conserve our natural resources, while responsibly responding to the needs of the homeowner. And usually, because IPM embraces new and unproven techniques and materials, it requires gardeners to "think outside the box".
Note: Because pesticide labels can change rapidly, you should read the label directions carefully before buying and using any pesticides. Regardless of the information provided here, you should always follow the latest product label information when using any pesticide.
If you have any doubt, please contact the Cooperative Extension Service at (505) 662-2656 or email us at Pesticide Questions?
Storm Damaged Trees
Other Ornamental Pests
Fruit & Vegetable Pests
Nutrient Deficiencies & Disease
Prevention and Control of Wildlife DamageThis is the handbook. It details identification, control and management of over 90 species of wildlife, written by almost as many authorities in their respective wildlife areas.
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service
1251 Bathtub Row
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: (505) 662-2656