Learn the Facts



Learn the Facts
Pesticides, fertilizers, and their role in IPM

Pesticides and fertilizers help to keep our families healthy and our homes safe from unwanted pests and invasive plants.  Following Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which includes proper use and application of EPA- registered pesticides and fertilizers, can help prevent health problems and environmental harm in your community.

Building Blocks for IPM Success: We know every backyard boss needs an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy. If you think of it as a lawn care toolbox of sorts, an IPM plan requires the following building blocks to achieve success:  

  • Step 1) Observe –
    Monitor your yard. Set ‘action thresholds’ to determine at which point targeted pest populations require action.
  • Step 2) Identify –
    Understand the problem. Determine a pest’s risk in order to take action when they reach thresholds.
  • Step 3) Solve –
    Find the right solution and implement it. The solution can include biological, mechanical and chemical options.
  • Step 4) Prevent –
    Take steps to control. Prevent pests from becoming a problem by providing proper maintenance and sanitation.

An IPM strategy defends against disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes and ticks that can spread Lyme disease and West Nile virus, and invasive plants or plants like poison ivy that can cause allergic reactions.

With pesticides and fertilizers registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can help prevent health problems and environmental damages in your backyard and surrounding community. Learn more through our partner organizations:

Debug the Myths

Pest Facts

CropLife America

What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an environmentally friendly and effective approach to pest management that combines a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls to manage pests with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. Follow these links below to learn more!     

                         IPM Principles

                         UCONN Pest Management Program

                         DEEP Pest Management Program

                         Northeastern IPM Center

What does this mean for our athletic fields?

Every Athlete Deserves A Soft Landing (PDF)