A common misconception about integrated pest management (IPM) is that it is opposed to pesticides. While it's true that IPM encompasses many non-pesticide management tactics, it recognizes the importance of pesticides as part of its arsenal of pest-control measures.
For pesticides to serve their purpose, proper use is critical to reduce risks to you and the environment. This presentation will provide a high-level, three-pronged introduction to pesticide safety in IPM:
• Introduction to pesticides in IPM: Overview of IPM principles and pesticides as part of an IPM strategy. We will also define what constitutes a pesticide.
• Pesticide regulation and types of pesticides: The difference between hazard and risk and between restricted use and general use. We will discuss the EPA registration process as well as the 25(b) registration exemption that applies to some products.
• How to select a pesticide: It is critical to identify the pest you’re dealing with, select an appropriate pesticide, and read any pesticide label before using it. We will provide a checklist to consult before purchasing a product and discuss things to consider when choosing between different pesticide options.