Transverse ladybird feeding on citrus aphidsIntegrated pest management (IPM) encourages the reduction of pesticide use by employing a variety of pest control options to manage pests at acceptable levels.

These options include:

  • biological control
  • cultural control
  • varietal selection
  • chemical control

IPM aims to maximise the use of biological control. Other control measures, especially chemicals, play a supportive rather than a disruptive role. Chemicals should not be used on a 'calendar' basis but strictly when needed as defined by systematic pest monitoring. Selective rather than broad-spectrum chemicals should take preference. The aim is to produce high-quality marketable produce at minimal cost by intelligently using the various control options to manage pests.

With around 30 years experience in this field, Integrated Pest Management P/L is an Australian company dedicated to the concepts of IPM. We have led the way in developing alternative pest management strategies. Our aim is to provide a range of beneficial insects, compatible products, and services to facilitate the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) in horticultural crops.

We have provided overseas consulting services to assist in the implementation of IPM in countries such as Thailand, Jordan and Morocco. Our company has enabled Queensland citrus growers to achieve greater than 70% reduction in the use of insecticides and miticides while maintaining fruit quality. Read about the experiences of farmers currently using integrated pest management (IPM).