Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a systematic approach to managing detrimental organisms in natural systems. It aims to maintain pests at tolerable levels using a variety of techniques and strategies.

How does it work?

  1. Identify an Objective: Prioritizing which pests require control and then informing residents about realistic expectations in controlling these pests.
  2. Monitor: Monitor the populations of that pest and establish tolerable damage levels.
  3. Control: Use appropriate techniques and tools to control nuisance species that provide the least disruption to the surrounding environment.
  4. Evaluate: Follow up with monitoring to check on the success of the control method used. Was the original objective met? What needs to be done in order to better complete this objective?

Why is it important?

IPM looks at the issue from multiple angles to ensure all possibilities for control are considered and no one strategy is overused. Adoption of unique strategies fosters creation of more environmentally friendly techniques that promote healthy natural communities within Red Deer.

IPM Programs

Invasive Plant Management
Urban Forestry

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