Integrated Pest Management

A planned program that coordinates economically and environmentally acceptable methods of pest control with the judicious and minimal use of toxic pesticides. The tactics employed range from changes in agricultural methods, such as better tillage to prevent soil erosion and interplanting of different crop varieties; natural biological weapons, such as the introduction of beneficial insects that eat the harmful species; and mechanical tools, such as vacuums that pull the insects off of the crops. Toxic pesticides are used only when all other methods have failed.

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Integrated Pest Management. (n.d.) The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia®. (2013). Retrieved February 8 2017 from http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Integrated+Pest+Management
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