Integrated Pest Management
What is a pest? A pest can be a weed, disease or insect that is causing harm or damage to other plants.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to successfully manage pests in your yard or garden. Remember, when using IPM you are controlling or managing pests NOT eliminating them.
The first step is to identify the pest. Before you can decide that a problem needs to be treated you must know what the problem is. Once you have identified your problem, then you can decide if and how to treat it. In Kentucky, for assistance in identifying weeds, diseases or insects, contact your local county extension office. They can submit a sample for identification to the University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab or to the Department of Entomology Insect Identification Lab.
The following sites are excellent sources for information on pest control:
Information on Cultural, Biological, Genetic, Mechanical/Physical and Chemical methods of pest control can be found on - -
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