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
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
Whitefly Update link Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and can transmit crippling viruses. By Clint Thompson | Published: 6/6/2018
Peanut Planting Time link According to UGA research, seedling vigor in peanuts planted in May is strongest compared to mid-April and early June. By Julie Jernigan | Published: 5/15/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Jun 19 Fire Ant Management Workshop for Pastures & Hayfields Fire ants can be a painful nuisance in pastures and hayfields. In this 2-hour workshop, UGA Extension Agent Paula Burke will show you how to identify fire ants, what treatment options effectively control them, and when and how to apply fire ant pesticide products. Pesticide applicator recertification credits: 2-hours for Commercial category 21 or 24; 1-hour for Private applicator license Cumming, GA
  • 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 22 Horse Pasture Field Day 2018 This half-day pasture field day will inform horse owners about pasture managment and issues. The following will be discussed: Pasture Overview-Lucy Ray, Morgan Co. Extension Forage Myths-Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension Manure Management-Melony Wilson-Cowart, UGA Ext. Manure Specialist Forage Sampling-All presenters Weed ID.-All presenter This is a Free Field Day with lunch provided sponsored by Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District. 1 hr. Private and 1 hr. Commercial Cat. 21 GA Pesticide Credit will be offered RSVP by June 15th to Morgan County Extension, 706-342-2214 Madison, 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 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
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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
  • Check Peanuts for Thrips: Thrips Monitoring 2018: 17 May Posted by on May 21, 2018 Thrips numbers on our traps increased significantly last week. Counts were as high as I have seen in Georgia in four years.  Growers need to be checking their fields for thrips injury especially if no insecticide was used at plant or if a neonicotinoid insecticide was used in-furrow. Thrips injury...
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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
  • INSECT UPDATE: Phylloxera/Shuckworm and Pecan Bud Moth Posted by Angel Acebes-Doria on Jun 13, 2018 As what Dr. Wells posted last month, there have been reports on Phylloxera galls this season and I have seen them myself in a couple of orchards. Phylloxera outbreaks have been known to correlate with increased first generation shuckworm populations. Hickory shuckworm females favor to lay eggs in the Phylloxera...
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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 crawlers are on the move Posted by Blaauw on Apr 18, 2018 The first peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner. We have begun capturing considerable numbers of crawlers on April 17 on un-treated research trees in Fort Valley, GA (see image). The peak emergence of scale crawlers in this region is expected to occur within the...
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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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