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Integrated Pest Management Program

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Department of Extension

Management Practices

IPM Concepts

The practice of integrated pest management involves the application of several principles which are described below.

IPM Tactics

IPM programs integrate a diversity of tactics or tools to provide effective pest suppression while minimizing economic, ecological and human health risks. IPM tactics are described below.

Cultural Controls

Cultural controls involve the manipulation of the pest's biological and physical environment to make it less suitable. Examples include crop rotations, sanitation, and irrigation and water management.

Biological Control

Biological control is the use of living organisms such as parasitoids (parasites), predators or pathogens to suppress a pest population. Ladybeetles are common examples of predators employed in biological control. Bacteria such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a well-known insect pathogen employed in many IPM programs.

Use of Resistant Cultivars

This tactic involves the use of plant cultivars which have inherited characteristics that defend the plants against pest attack. The use of resistant cultivars is an important step in plant pathogen, nematode and insect pest management.

Behavioral Modification

Behavioral modification tactics involve the use of visual, chemical or auditory stimuli to influence or disrupt normal pest behavior. Examples range from the old-fashion scarecrow to the modern uses of sex pheromone mating disruption for insect pest management.

Physical and Mechanical Controls

Physical controls involve the use of physical barriers against the pest or the manipulation of heat or air gas composition to kill the pest. Mechanical control includes the use of manual labor or of machinery to remove or kill the pest organisms.

Pesticides

The use of pesticides requires a careful selection and judicious use of pesticides which pose a low risk to human health, non-target species and the environment. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) defines pesticides as any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any insects, rodents, nematodes, fungi or weeds, or any other forms of life declared to be pests. It also includes as pesticides any substance or mixture of substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant. See information below for more information on certain pesticide materials.

Regulatory Control

Regulatory control refers to state and federal regulations that prevent the spread of pest organisms.

Upcoming IPM Events

Keeping Those Dratted Diseases Out of Your Crops

Thursday, September 21, 2017
CT Ag Experiment Station
New Haven, CT

Click here for program brochure and more information

Questions?   Contact Leanne Pundt at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu 
or 860-626-6855

 

Native Plants and Pollinators Conference

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
UConn Student Union Ballroom (room 330), 2100 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269

Program and Registration Information
Register Online (Online registration closes at 11:59 PM on October 17.)

Questions? Contact: Donna Ellis, donna.ellis@uconn.edu, 860-486-6448

IPM News

Would you like to receive updates and other announcements about nursery and landscape pests?  Please reply to Donna Ellis with your name, the name of your business, and your email address to be added to the email distribution list for the UConn Nursery and Landscape Pest Update, now available on the IPM website.

The 2016 UConn IPM Annual Report is now available.

Lily Leaf Beetle updates are now available: Revised Fact Sheet and Infographic.

The UConn IPM Program color posters are now available on the website.

New Plant Diagnostic Lab Website!

The IPM Brochure is now available!

Pesticide Applicators:  Public Comment Period Now Open for EPA's Certification and Training Proposal

2016-2017 New England Vegetable Management Guide is now available through the UConn Office of Communications and on-line at store.uconn.edu. Cost is $25 plus shipping.

2017-2018  New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide is available through the UConn Office of Communications at 860-486-3336, and online here.  Cost is $40.

2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide is now available through the UConn Office of Communications at 860-486-3336, and on-line at store.uconn.edu. Cost is $35 plus shipping.

2015-2016 New England Small Fruit Pest Management Guide is now available through the UConn Office of Communications and the on-line store at store.uconn.edu. Cost is $16 plus shipping.