Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a process for balancing the risks between pests and pesticides to achieve long term pest suppression. IPM uses a wide variety of technological and management practices. Control strategies in an IPM program extend beyond the application of pesticides to include structural and procedural modifications that reduce the food, water, harborage and access used by pests. IPM is common-sense pest control.
Features of IPM:
VIDEOS: Below are useful videos created by the Colorado Coalition for School IPM to help you understand the principals of SIPM and get started implementing a successful SIPM program in your school.
- What is SIPM?
- Performing an SIPM Assessment
- Tools for a school IPM Assessment
- How to Perform an Exterior SIPM Assessment
- Controlling Mice with Snap Traps
- How to Monitor for Insects in Schools
- SIPM Dumpster Maintenance
- Spiders of Concern in Region 8 States
- Pavement Ants
- Storing Foods Properly to Prevent Pests
- SIPM Tips for Parents on Headlice
- EPA Honors the Salt Lake City School District for its Integrated Pest Management System
Please visit the "Useful IPM Links" websites listed in the box above right to find excellent resources about integrated pest management. If you are looking to start your own IPM program at your local school, we recommend the University of Florida IPM website . It contains myriad examples that you can download and tailor for your usage.
If you have other questions about IPM, please contact:
EPA IPM publications
- In Schools
Lawn and Garden
- Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment (PDF) (19 pp, 5.4MB, about PDF)
- Green Scaping - The Easy Way to a Greener and Healthier Lawn (PDF) (16 pp, 2.1MB, about PDF)
- Troublesome Weeds of the Rocky Mountain West (contact the EPA Region 8 Pesticide team)