Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to controlling a specific pest in a specific setting that makes use of current pest information, regular monitoring and record keeping to determine if and when action against the pest is needed. IPM uses a combination of control strategies (biological, chemical, cultural, educational, mechanical and physical) to prevent unacceptable damage or annoyance. The control options chosen should be the most effective with the least risk to people and the environment, yet provide viable options to produce a quality, economical, and safe crop or maintain a clean, healthy indoor or outdoor setting. IPM promotes prevention over remediation and integration of strategies over a solitary control tool.

IPM Training Activities

  1. Integrated Crop Management Conference
  2. Field Crop Scout School

IPM Resources

Iowa Resources

  1. Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
  2. Iowa State Entomology
  3. ISU Plant Pathology Extension
  4. Integrated Pest Management for Iowa Schools
  5. ISU Integrated Crop Management News
  6. Horticulture and Home Pest News

Other State Resources

  1. North Central IPM Center
  2. Cornell University
  3. Michigan State University
  4. North Dakota State University
  5. University of California, Davis
  6. University of Illinois

IPM Reports and Publications

  1. IPMnet News

Page last updated: January 30, 2019