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 begins with prioritizing which pests require controlling and then informing you about realistic expectations in controlling these pests. We then monitor the populations of that pest and establish tolerable damage levels. Our staff then use the least disruptive method of control and follow up with monitoring to check on the success of the method.

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)