Integrated pest management (IPM) is real world science in action. IPM involves using knowledge about pest biology and habitats to choose the best combination of common-sense practices to keep pests under control. In greenhouses, fields, yards, and inside homes and schools, IPM uses a series of steps that result in making pest management decisions that control the pests with the least effect on people, pets, and the environment.
Pests are everywhere. Everyone has had experiences with pests. Have you been bitten by mosquitoes or horse flies? Has your garden been overrun by weeds or eaten by insects? Have head lice ever spread through the school? Have you ever had a reaction to poison ivy? Whether it is insects and diseases that attack plants, weeds that invade yards or fields, or cockroaches and rats that can get inside houses and schools, all students have had experiences with pests. By learning about IPM, students get to use science in a context they can relate to.