Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a comprehensive approach to solving pest problems

Instead of simply trying to eradicate a pest, an IPM approach considers all of the information and experience available, accounts for multiple objectives, and considers all available preventive and curative options.  Based on that foundation, informed decisions are implemented to achieve optimum results.  What those optimum results are will often vary with each user’s individual preferences.  However, in general terms, the goal of IPM is to provide safe, effective, economical, environmentally sound, and socially sensitive outcomes.

IPM can be used wherever pest damage occurs. Among the more common types of pests are insects, mites, rodents, viruses, fungi, bacteria, and weeds. The IPM approach has been applied to pest problems in situations as diverse as houses and apartments, food handling facilities, golf courses, storage areas, and farms.


Learn more on the “What is IPM?” page

Maine Agricultural Trades Show Online, January 19-23, register now!
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control will offer 15 hours of free, virtual programming Jan. 19-21 during the 2021 Agricultural Trades Show.

Currently licensed pesticide applicators will be able to obtain all required recertification credits for the current licensing term. Some presentations may also be of interest to a wider Extension audience.

All training sessions will be held remotely via Zoom. The full agenda and registration links are available on the program’s training webpage.

Each training session requires a separate registration. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kerry Bernard, 207.581.3884 or 800.287.0279 (in Maine); or