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Extension Gardener Class 9

Sustainable Pest Management

Pests happen. Sometimes you can overlook them but other times you need to control them to keep your plants healthy. This class will explore sustainable, integrated methods to reduce pest pressure in your yard as well as how to control insect pest and plant disease outbreaks when necessary. Methods covered include creating habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing your plants’ ability to resist pests, and use of natural and synthetic pest control products.

Review the slides from this class

Integrated pest management (IPM) involves using many practices to minimize and manage pest problems. Learn more about IPM from these Extension websites:

Learn more about specific active ingredients found in natural and synthetic pesticides from these online databases:

  • U.C. Davis – This one is a great quick reference to potential hazards to water quality, beneficial insects, bees, humans and mammals
  • National Pesticide Information Center – This one provides more detailed information on short and long impacts on humans and the environment
  • Missouri Botanical Garden – This one includes a list of product brand names in which each active ingredient is found

Learn more about natural and less toxic pesticides and the pests they control from these Extension fact sheets:

For detailed information on deer management, deer repellents and IPM for ticks, see these Extension resources:

We did not talk about fire ants during the course but I have posted resources on fire ant management online

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.

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