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
Williams Honored link At 75, 'Mr. Bamboo' still tends bamboo groves at UGA's coastal garden. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 8/9/2018
Creepy Crawlers link Worm-like, multi-leg critters come out at night and hunt for cockroaches. By Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney | Published: 8/9/2018
Turf & Ornamentals link Two educational sessions available to landscapers after UGA turf day on Aug. 9. By Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 8/2/2018
Bee Watching link Insect-watching is the new backyard hobby. By Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Sharon Dowdy, Becky Griffin | Published: 8/2/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Aug 23 School IPM Workshop This one day workshop is meant to teach principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM in the school environments. 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
  • Aug 23 Digital Media for Agribusiness Lunch and Learn Workshop Utilizing digital media has become essential to a successful marketing campaign. However, navigating the digital world can be intimidating. This workshop will introduce participants to digital media basics that will expand their marketing potential. Participants will learn how agribusinesses can use digital media outlets to target new customers and create market demand. Pre-registration required by August 21. Cost $15 - Includes course materials and boxed lunch. Contact Bulloch County Extension to register: 912-871-6130 Statesboro, GA
  • Aug 23 Blackberry Production For The Home Gardener And Small Producer Blackberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow for the home gardener and small sideline producer. New cultivars including primocane (first year canes) fruiting varieties have given us more disease resistance, sweeter and larger fruit. Come spend the evening with us and learn about small scale blackberry production and how you can enjoy the possibility of both a spring and fall berry crop. Eatonton, GA
  • Aug 29 August Hay Day We would like to invite you to our August Hay Day hosted by Lamar and Upson County Extension Offices. There will be presentations, vendors, equipment dealers and pesticide credit offered at this event. Come hungry, lunch will be provided by Yatesville Diner Catering. We hope to see you there! Culloden, 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
  • Conditions are Favorable for Southern Corn Rootworm Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 Conditions continue to be favorable for southern corn rootworm (SCR) development across much of Georgia’s 2018 peanut acreage. SCR is a pest that requires moist soil conditions, and we typically see rootworm infestations in fields with heavy soils and center pivot irrigation. The abundant rainfall in many areas this year...
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Cotton Blog
  • The Impact of China’s Potential Cotton Tariffs on U.S. Cotton Exports Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 By Yangxuan Liu, John R. C. Robinson, and Don Shurley On April 4th, 2018, China announced a potential 25 percent increase in import tariffs on major U.S. origin agricultural commodities in retaliation to a series of tariffs proposed by the United States. United States upland cotton is one of the...
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Pecan Blog
  • Thoughts On the Arrival of Shell Hardening Posted by Lenny Wells on Aug 9, 2018 We have about reached shell hardening on most of our pecans in Georgia at this point. There are a number of things that come along with shell hardening in the process of growing pecans: Expect to see water stage fruit split soon In the coming weeks you will likely see...
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Viticulture Blog
  • Vineyard tour / Small Fruit News – “Grape Chores” Posted by Cain on Aug 6, 2018 I look forward to seeing those that are attending the vineyard tour THIS Wednesday. Please come prepared for the weather (humidity, high temperatures, wet grass in the morning, etc.) as we will be out in some vineyards for parts of each stop. We will have refreshments available throughout the tour....
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Peach Blog
  • Plum Curculio and Scale Update Posted by Blaauw on Jun 27, 2018 I posted last week about scale management, but I wanted to send out a reminder about scale and an update for everyone that plum curculio (PC) adults are also active in the orchards (see image above taken last week). In blocks that still have fruit, if you are and have...
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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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