What is Integrated Pest Management?

Many common pest control products contain hazardous chemicals. Pesticides are designed to kill living things, so it isn't surprising that most of them can be toxic to humans, pets, birds, and insects--including beneficial ones like ladybugs that feed on troublesome insects. That's why it's important to shop for the least toxic products, and find techniques that prevent insects and disease so hazardous products aren't necessary in the first place.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that uses regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed and employs various tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent intolerable damage or annoyance. Least-toxic chemical controls are reserved as a last resort.