Southern Region IPM Information Exchange Group

Damage caused by pests and efforts to control them are costly. Farmers, homeowners, landscape professionals, and pest control specialists often depend on chemical pesticides more than necessary, wasting time and money, polluting the environment, and risking harm to human health. The number and scale of pest problems—along with the range of fields and groups that study and manage them—makes coordinating pest control complicated, but critical nonetheless. Without collaboration, pest control lacks the leadership and partnerships that can expand funding, knowledge, and resources. By working together and sharing the latest research developments, scientists, policymakers, businesses, and communities can set up effective integrated pest management (IPM) programs that protect property, economic returns, and environmental and human health.

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