Integrated Pest Management
What is Integrated Pest Management?
To help manage future populations, the City is using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) measures. IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.
The IPM approach uses knowledge of pest, plant, and environmental conditions to select the best combination of management strategies. Recognizing the extraordinary adaptability of insects, IPM does not attempt to eradicate a particular pest entirely. Rather it is aimed at keeping pest populations below the threshold level at which they can cause significant economic loss.
The City uses IPM controls because of the emphasis on prevention and considering all available options and information before deciding how to manage a pest problem. IPM controls typically rely on effective, alternative approaches to pesticides and chemicals.
What can residents do to help?
Residents can help by:
- Scraping egg masses off of trees and other hard surfaces and soak them in soapy water for a minimum of 48 hours
- Placing sticky bands on tree trunks
- Installing burlap skirts around tree trunks
- Destroying pupae
- Using pheromone traps
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The City has made a series of videos to help demonstrate some of the techniques mentioned above.