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Integrated Pest Management

A guide to the best practices for the effective and safe control of economically damaging pests of almonds.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Integrated pest management (IPM) balances economic and ecological tactics with chemical tools to effectively manage pests. IPM focuses on preventive practices first to reduce pest populations and minimize pest damage. The next step is monitoring for pests and their symptoms as the basis for deciding if and when to use additional chemical or biological control tools. And finally, practices have been described for the effective and safe use of tactics to control economically damaging pest populations.

Pest management tools may include mating disruption, cultural or biological controls, beneficial insects and the use of pesticides, when necessary. Newer, more targeted (i.e. not broad spectrum) chemicals and biological pesticide options allow almond growers to plan an IPM program that protects not only this year’s crop, but also the long-term life of the orchard and surrounding environment.

The Almond Board of California has funded pest management research since 1973 in order to provide almond growers with science-based, IPM solutions for many pest problems. The results of these award-winning research programs are available to growers through this website as well as University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources publications and online pest management guidelines.

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