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
Black Flies link Swarms of black flies are making a nuisance of themselves in north Georgia but pose no threat. By Elmer Gray | Published: 4/23/2019
Onion Storage link Limited harvest time frame leads most onion farmers to store their crops. By Elmer Gray, Clint Thompson | Published: 4/22/2019
Tomato Types link Know what to expect from your tomato plants before you pick a variety. By Elmer Gray, Clint Thompson, Jacob G. Price | Published: 4/17/2019
Irrigation App link New app designed to help vegetable producers make smarter irrigation scheduling decisions. By Elmer Gray, Clint Thompson, Jacob G. Price, Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva | Published: 4/17/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Apr 27 Athens Area Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale The annual spring plant sale by the AAMGA features plants from members' gardens. Offerings will include herbs, vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, ground covers, seedlings, and bulbs. Proceeds support Plant a Row for the Hungry gardens and scholarships for UGA horticulture students. The sale will be held rain or shine, payments must be cash or check (no credit cards). Parking is available in the Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot next door to the Extension office. Athens, GA
  • Apr 29 - Apr 30 Southern Women in Ag: Advanced Cattle Workshop This 2 day workshop is designed to provide leadership training for female cattle producers and to provide hands-on experiences led by professionals in the field. Sessions include: cattle handling, trailers, tractors, equipment, fencing, forages, bovine reproduction, and media training. Tifton, GA
  • May 13 Lunch 'N Learn: Pollinators This Lunch 'N Learn will be focused on Pollinators. We will have Jim Quick (UGA Extension Specialist) come present, we will have time for questions and discussion, then we will finish with lunch. The cost is $10. Please RSVP by May 10, 2019 to Lamar County Extension Office (770)358-5163 Barnesville, GA
  • May 17 EmpowerU Advocacy Training Program NOTE: DATE CHANGES 4 week course training citizens, property owners, master naturalists and master gardener volunteers how to grow their skills to meaninfully engage with decision makers about local invasive species issues. Course is a series of self-paces online learning activities and two in-person workshops (in-person classes held at Camden Extension office in Woodbine - April 3rd & May 17th). Cost $40. See flyer on Camden Extension page for more details. Please note this workshop is online and has two in-person classes, attendance at both in-person sessions is required. Reference both advertising posts for April 3rd and May 17th) Woodbine, GA
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Peanut Blog
  • 2019 Thrips Preview Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 Every spring I post an article on this blog about early season thrips management in peanut. The most important difference between 2019 and the previous five years is probably the economic situation of Georgia’s farmers after hurricane Michael and the almost continuous rain that fell though the 2018 harvest season....
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Strawberry Blog
  • Anthracnose Outbreak Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 Anthracnose is prevalent in strawberry plantings at this time.  As mentioned in the last post, I am concerned about resistance.  If you identify anthracnose in your planting, have it tested for resistance to the QoI (strobilurin) chemistry class (Abound, etc.).  While you wait for test results, apply Switch + Captan...
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Cotton Blog
  • Cotton Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Safety Net Update Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Mar 11, 2019 By Don Shurley and Yangxuan Liu Download the PDF version of the factsheet MFP (Market Facilitation Program) Payments USDA announced last July that it would act to assist farmers damaged by tariffs and reduced exports.  In September, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) was initiated and the signup began.  MFP payments...
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Pecan Blog
  • Presentations from 2019 Pecan Beginners Class Posted by Lenny Wells on Apr 17, 2019 Thanks to everyone who attended the Pecan Beginners Class yesterday in Tifton. We hope the information presented was useful to all. The presentations from the event can be viewed at the link below:  
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Vegetable Blog
  • Onion Downy Mildew Update Posted by Dutta on Mar 22, 2019 Here are some important points to consider while managing downy mildew of onion: Question:   “I found some downy in my onions today.  It has been sunny, clear, and low humidity all week long.  I thought downy liked humid, wet, cloudy weather.  Why am I seeing it?” Response:  Yes, you are...
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Peach Blog
  • Abound and Apples — Phytotoxicity Issues Posted by pbrannen on Apr 17, 2019 Some of our peach producers also produce apples.  Abound fungicide has significant phyto issues on apples (see below from the label).  With my previous post on blossom blight, you can substitute Merivon or Pristine for Abound when controlling early-season green fruit rot — if you want to also use the...
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Turf/Ornamental Blog
  • Scale insects on ornamental plants Posted by Shimat V. Joseph on Mar 20, 2019 Scale insects are very common pests of landscape trees and shrubs, yet are often overlooked when scouting. They can, however, be responsible for chlorosis, branch die-back or ultimately death of the plant. Scales are broadly categories as soft and armored scales. Soft scales produce soft, cottony, powdery or waxy substance...
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Viticulture Blog
  • Connect and Trade with the new Grape and Wine Forum Posted by markhoffmann on Apr 19, 2019 The brand-new Grape and Wine Forum (Grape and Wine Forum) is a direct outcome of 2018 discussions with grower groups in North Carolina. It’s open to all growers in the Southeast and it’s free to use. The forum is set up to be used to trade your produce, farm and...
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