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One of the greatest myths involving Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is that it involves no use of pesticides. While IPM advocates natural, biological and cultural techniques in plant and crop production, pesticides, insecticides and fungicides may have to be applied occasionally to control pests in an effort to maintain higher yields and profits.
Growers who practice IPM need to make key decisions and follow important procedures when chemical spraying appears to be the only way to control pests.
Click the links below for more information.
1. When are Pest Control Chemicals Needed?
2. Choosing and Using the Right Pest Control Chemical
3. Pesticide Safety Tips
4. Do's and Don'ts of Using Chemicals in an IPM Program
Use chemicals only as a last resort.
Don't automatically use pesticides on all of your plants or your entire field. Carefully scout first, and "spot spray" in areas where pest activity is the greatest.
Identify the pest you are dealing with before purchasing and using chemicals.
Don't rely on the same chemical for a long period of time. Instead, alternate chemicals with different modes of action.
Use personal protective equipment when applying pesticides.
Don't over-apply pesticides. Always follow label directions.
NOTE: This tip sheet is for general guidance only. Contact your county Extension agent, land grant university, local Environmental Protection Agency office or state Department of Natural Resources for more specific information on using chemicals in an IPM program.