Full course description

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic, sustainable approach to pest management. Whether on a large or small scale operation, IPM employs a variety of control strategies that focus on reducing pest populations to an acceptable level while at the same time reducing negative impacts for people, beneficial organisms and the environment.

Insects make up a large percentage of the biodiversity on earth. There are more species of insects than all of the other plants and animals combined. Entomologists have identified more than 1 million insect species, with thousands of new species being discovered each year. Scientists believe there are millions more yet to be found. Fortunately, less than 1% of all known insects are considered pests that cause economic damage or medical problems. Most insects are considered beneficial and are crucial for other natural systems to thrive. For those that are not beneficial, home gardeners must be vigilant.

This course explores the many ways to reduce the incidences of pests, first of which is simply keeping the plants as healthy as possible through good management practices. Healthy plants can usually withstand some pest pressure. Sanitation practices, crop rotation or selecting diseases and insect resistant varieties all contribute to preventing or avoiding pest problems.

The Pest Management course is part of a larger gardening series, created to allow gardeners and landscapers of all levels of expertise to have greater success by learning from the gardening experts at USU. The eight courses in the gardening series include:

Basic Botany
Soil Basics
Pest Management
Turfgrass
Vegetables
Fruits & Nuts
Annuals & Perennials
Trees & Shrubs


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