Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic approach to managing detrimental organisms in natural systems. It aims to maintain these organisms including insects and weeds at tolerable levels.

How does it work?

Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program starts with us determining which pests need to be controlled. We then form realistic expectations for the pest control. We monitor the populations of the pest and determine a baseline for reasonable damage levels. We consider many factors including effectiveness, environmental impact, site characteristics, worker and public health and safety, economics and others, when determining the most appropriate type of control to use. Lastly, we monitor the pest population numbers to make sure our chosen method of control was effective.

IPM Categories

Pests are managed by a combination of control methods including:

  • Cultural
  • Physical/mechanical
  • Biological
  • Microbial/Chemical Pesticides

Why is it important?

Our IPM program allows for the adoption of new environmentally friendly products and control methods to help foster the health and wellness of our City. We try and balance the use of chemical pesticides with other control methods when appropriate, as we think it's important for the environment, and everyone's health to keep our pesticide use to a minimum.

For more information please view our Integrated Pest Management Manual (pdf)