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
Wheat Crop link Disease pressure and poor environmental conditions led to Georgia growers harvesting only 43 percent of planted area in 2016-17 season. By Julie Jernigan | Published: 3/14/2018
Nematodes link Root-knot nematodes feed on cotton roots and cause swelling to develop. By Julie Jernigan, Clint Thompson | Published: 3/13/2018
Medicinal Herbs link Roses, hibiscus and holy basil are good starting plants for those interested in medicinal herbs. By Julie Jernigan, Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon | Published: 3/8/2018
Poblano Pepper link Compared to bell peppers, poblano peppers have a greater yield per acre and more disease resistance. By Julie Jernigan, Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon, Julie Jernigan | Published: 3/6/2018
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Upcoming Events
  • Mar 21 Cover Crop Workshop UGA Extension is hosting The Northwest Cover Crop Workshop on March 21, 2018 at the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center, Floyd County Farm, 300 Battey Farm Road, Rome GA. Learn about Integrating Cover Crops into a Forage System, Integrating Cover Crops into Row Crop Production, Seed Drill Calibration, Small Grain Cover Crops, Cover crops and water relations and Sprayer Calibration. See the demonstration plots for several types of winter cover crops on the farm. The program will take place outdoors on the farm, so dress for field weather. Category 21 and Private Pesticide CEUs applied for Approval. Rome, GA
  • Mar 29 Cover Crop Workshop Come and see how commonly used cover crops can improve your operation! Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:00 am at Iron Horse Farm, 1060 Old Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA Learn about: Cover Crop for Row Crop Production; Cover Crop for Grazing; Cover Crop Termination and Weed Management. See Field Demonstrations of: Planting date, varieties, crop mixtures, radish varieties, oat varieties. One hour of private and Category 21 Commercial Pesticide CEUs have been approved. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $5.00 for registration. Call the UGA Oglethorpe County Extension Office, 706-743-8341. Deadline: March 26, 2018 This Meeting is sponsored by Pennington, Athens Seed Co, Southeast AgriSeeds. Watkinsville, GA
  • Mar 30 Journeyman Farmer's Certificate Program UGA Extension in Carroll, Coweta & Paulding Counties are hosting the Journeyman Farmer program that provides a comprehensive training for beginning farmers. The program requires a three-step training: Step 1 - Small Farm Business Planning Friday, March 30, 2018 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Carroll County Ag Center Step 2 - Small Fruit and Vegetable Production 7-Week training Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. April 10, 17, & 24 May 1, 8, 15, & 22 Step 3 - Hands-on Production Carrollton, GA
  • Apr 3 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training Applications for this class are due in the Dougherty County office by 5:00 pm on March 9, 2018. The Master Gardener program is designed to train volunteers so that they become highly skilled individuals in the area of horticulture. Activities in a volunteer program may include, but are not limited to, environmental gardening and composting demonstrations, plant clinics, newsletters, community gardens and news articles. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. beginning April 3, 2018 and concluding on June 19, 2018 at the Dougherty County Extension office located at 125 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, GA. The class fee of $140.00 covers all class expenses, including the MG Handbook, MG Name Badge, MG Certificate, field trips, and a one year membership in the Georgia Master Gardener Association Albany, GA
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Blueberry Blog
  • Disease Development Following 2018 Freeze Damage Posted by Jonathan Oliver on Mar 16, 2018 Following the damage to blueberries in Georgia caused by recent freezes, the threat exists for subsequent damage from fungal pathogens. On tissues already damaged by the freezes, two fungal pathogens of particular concern are Botrytis and Botryosphaeria. Botrytis The fungus Botrytis cinerea causes Botrytis flower blight and fruit rot on...
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Peanut Blog
  • Garden Fleahopper Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 It has been a while since anyone asked me about garden fleahopper in peanut, but this is the time of year when they begin to get noticed. After a couple years with more fleahoppers than “normal”, populations in Georgia peanut fields in 2016 were typically low or nonexistent. We are...
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Cotton Blog
  • Publication: Surviving the Farm Economy Downturn Posted by on Mar 16, 2018 by Levi Russell A new publication entitled “Surviving the Farm Economy Downturn” is now available online free of charge. The publication provides a general farm economy outlook as well as discussions of topics such as risk reduction, cost control, alternative crops, livestock sales during drought, crop insurance, ARC and PLC...
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Pecan Blog
  • Herbicide Strip Applications Posted by Lenny Wells on Mar 20, 2018 Its time to burn down those herbicide strips in pecan orchards in preparation for the growing season. There are many combinations of herbicide applications you could use. Here are a few for trees of different ages: Trees 1-2 Yrs: At budbreak: Glufosinate + Prowl May/June: Glufosinate or Glyphosate or Paraquat...
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Viticulture Blog
  • Bud break and risk of frost / freeze damage Posted by Cain on Mar 20, 2018 I am hearing reports of 10-15% bud break in early-breaking cultivars such as Chardonnay and Merlot planted across Cleveland and Dahlonega.  Perhaps this is also occurring in Blanc du Bois is west Georgia, and in Chardonel at lower elevations. Buds may still be either at the dormant bud or bud...
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Peach Blog
  • Scale management and 2018 management guides Posted by Blaauw on Jan 30, 2018 We are a month in to the new year and I just wanted to remind everyone that if you have not already done so, it is time to start thinking about a delayed-dormant application of horticultural oil for scale insect management. The above 50°F weather makes for a lovely day,...
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Strawberry Blog
  • Spider Mite Damage on Strawberry Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 Shane Curry (Appling County Extension Agent) sent a photo of spider mites (see attached) on strawberry, and the numbers are tremendous.  Strawberry producers should be scouting for mites at this time, since the conditions have been warm enough for the mite population to explode in some areas, despite significant rainfall. ...
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