Montana State University
MSU Extension > Urban IPM


Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology 121 Plant BioScience Building Bozeman, MT 59717-3150

Tel: (406) 994-5150


Eva Grimme

College Department

MSU Urban IPM Program

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In today’s urban landscape we face a diverse set of pest control challenges.

Landscape, nursery and other "Green industry" professionals and their clients are seeking solutions that minimize their impact on the environment. The adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices will decrease pest outbreaks, reducing pesticide exposure where we live, work and play.

The objectives of the Urban IPM Program are to:

  • Establish an IPM certification program for urban landscape and turf professionals.
  • Develop resources for using IPM methods in the urban landscape.
  • Train landscape professionals to be First Detectors for invasive pests.
  • Educate homeowners/consumers in the basic principles of IPM.

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

  • EPA Definition:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
  • Four main principles: Identify and monitor pests, set action thresholds, formulate an action plan for managing pests, and evaluate and modify the action plan.