Welcome to the UGA IPM Website

What is Integrated Pest Management? It is a science-based decision-making process that employs biological, mechanical, cultural, and chemical control methods is such a way as to minimize economic, environmental, and public health risks associated with pests and pest management practices.

Integrated Pest Management is rapidly becoming the standard for handling pest problems in agriculture and urban settings. Consumer concerns about pesticides and food safety are growing and placing increased pressure on land grant universities to provide growers with effective management strategies that minimize the impact of pesticides and fertilizers on food products and the environment. Additionally, homeowners demand safe, effective pest management strategies for use in their own homes and gardens.

This website provides information about the University of Georgia Integrated Pest Management program. Further, we look to provide updates on valuable pest management information for homeowners and commercial operations. Please check back often as we continue to build and update this site!


Our Handbook

The most recent edition of the Georgia Pest Management Handbook gives current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals. The Handbook has recommendations for pest control on farms, around homes, urban areas, recreational areas, and other environments in which pests may occur. Cultural, biological, physical, and other types of control are recommended where appropriate. Commercial and Homeowner editions are available.


Extension News
Honeybee 101 link Learn some bee biology during National Pollinator Week. By Josh Fuder | Published: 6/20/2018
Peach Crop link Increased chill hours are a big reason Georgia is having a better year with its peaches. By Clint Thompson | Published: 6/20/2018
Network Leader link Interim director named for UGA Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 6/15/2018
Messy Lawns link Mowing lawns after lots of rainfall can be like cutting hay. By Clint Waltz | Published: 6/7/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Jun 21 - Jun 23 Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program - Small Fruit & Vegetable Production The second part is Small Fruit & Vegetable Production that covers a multitude of subjects relating to crop production. Subjects covered include soil health, fertility, cover crops, irrigation, equipment, marketing and other pertinent topics. The class will include a visit to the Urban Farm at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville. You must attend the Small Farm Business Planning Section in order to participate in this one. Lawrenceville, GA
  • Jun 28 Vegetable Garden Pest Control Pest control strategies for the home garden will be discussed to help you protect your vegetable crops. FREE FLOWER SEEDS will be given to all participants that will help attract beneficial insects to your garden like bees and butterflies. Jeffersonville, GA
  • Jul 18 Getting The Best of Pests - July 18 Speaker & Title: Identification and Control of Nematodes in Turfgrass and a Little Fescue for Good Measure; Dr. Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC and Diseases of Southern Residential and Commercial Turfgrasses; Dr. Maria Tomaso-Peterson, Mississippi State University - Mississippi State, MS. The webinar is 2 hours and has approved continuing education credits in: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Visit the website for more details and CEU Categories. Online, GA
  • Jul 24 2018 Northwest Georgia Row Crop Scouting School This program offers basic information on crop insect/disease pests and scouting procedures. This program will serve as a review for experienced scouts and producers and as an introduction to cotton/soybean pest monitoring for new scouts. Includes Sponsored Lunch and Pesticide License CEU's: 2 hours for commercial category 21 and 1 hour for private licenses. Cartersville, GA
  • Aug 9 Home IPM Workshop This one day workshop is meant to teach principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home environment. The intended audience is owners and employees of pest management firms. An insect identification laboratory is part of the workshop. Continuing education credits available in GA, AL, SC, and TN. Five hours HPC credit (Category 29) available in GA. Griffin, GA
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Blueberry Blog
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management in Georgia Blueberries Posted by Ash Sial on Apr 18, 2018 Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly across the United States. It was first found in Georgia...
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Peanut Blog
  • Mid-June Insect Update Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 In spite of the consistent rainfall that much of Georgia’s peanut growing region received from mid-May through early June, I have received several reports of fields at threshold for lesser cornstalk borer (LCB). This insect does not generally thrive under conditions of high soil moisture, but this is a good...
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Vegetable Blog
  • Recent events of watermelon vine decline in GA Posted by Dutta on Jun 14, 2018 Watermelon vine crash or decline has been reported from number of fields from different counties in southwest GA. Based on the county extension agents’ reports and also from the personal observations made by extension specialists (B. Dutta and T. Coolong), symptoms of vine decline are mostly associated with low-wet spots...
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Cotton Blog
  • What Farmers Need to Know about Crop Insurance and Prevented Planting Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 by Adam N. Rabinowitz and Yangxuan Liu Southern Georgia has seen a lot of rain during the month of May.  The table below shows the precipitation and number of rainy days in 2018 compared to the average from 2015-2017 for four selected areas in southern GA.  Precipitation in 2018 has been,...
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Pecan Blog
  • Desirable Drop and Update on EU Phosphite Regulations Posted by Lenny Wells on Jun 21, 2018 Desirable Drop Most growers know that Desirable drops a few nuts each June, which is one reason they tend to bear a crop every year (see previous blog post). Typical drop for Desirable is to lose 30-60% of the nuts in June. However, its still shocking to most growers to...
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Viticulture Blog
  • Downy Mildew Resistance in Georgia Posted by pbrannen on Jun 11, 2018 Sarah Campbell, a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia, has been reviewing our situation with downy mildew resistance to three fungicide classes utilized in Georgia.  The maps in the document below show the counties which she has surveyed and whether resistance has been found...
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Peach Blog
  • San Jose scale are on the move…again Posted by Blaauw on Jun 20, 2018 The second peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner. We have begun capturing considerable numbers of crawlers on June 19 on research trees in Fort Valley, GA (see image). The peak emergence of scale crawlers in this region is expected to occur within the next...
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Strawberry Blog
  • Fungicide Selection for Botrytis and Anthracnose Fruit Rot Management in Strawberry Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 The following link should give you excellent, up-to-date information on selection of fungicides for management of strawberry Botrytis and anthracnose fruit rots.  If you observe Botrytis, this fungus can be tested for resistance development at Clemson University.  If you observe anthracnose, this fungus can be tested for resistance at the...
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