Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment.

Download sections or purchase a copy of the University of Georgia Extension's "The Georgia Pest Management Handbook—2015 Homeowner Edition." This handbook provides guidance on:

  • application and safe use of pest control chemicals;
  • pest control around homes, on pets, for pests of home garden vegetables, fruits and ornamentals, and for pests of public health interest associated with our homes;
  • and, recommended use of cultural, biological, physical, and other types of control where appropriate.