What Is IPM?

IPM stands for Integrated Pest Management.  It is a decision-making process that uses current and comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment to manage pest damage in agricultural and non-agricultural settings by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard, to people, property, and the environment.

Picture of a Jumping Spider, with the words: Know Your Beneficials and a note below that states that preserving and maximizing beneficial organisms, such as this Jumping Spider, is a key component of Integrated Pest Management.In short, IPM is a science-based environmentally-friendly approach to protecting ourselves, our food and our planet from pests. Put another way, 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 Northeastern IPM Center also provides a very detailed definition of IPM. One can also visit What is IPM? to see how it fits within the broader scope of our program.  You may also wish to view our list of Maine IPM Programs.