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 in 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
40 Under 40
40 Under 40 UGA researcher gaining national reputation for supporting Georgia's vineyards. By Merritt Melancon | Published: 12/11/2019
2020 Ag Forecast
2020 Ag Forecast Jeffrey Dorfman will serve as keynote speaker at the annual seminar series. By Merritt Melancon, Clint Thompson | Published: 12/4/2019
Muscadine Study
Muscadine Study Muscadines handle nematode pressure better than grapes but they are not immune. By Merritt Melancon, Clint Thompson, Chad Cain | Published: 12/4/2019
Sugarcane Aphids
Sugarcane Aphids Scientists study sugarcane aphids in hopes of managing the pest. By Merritt Melancon, Clint Thompson, Chad Cain, Maria Sellers | Published: 11/26/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Dec 16 SE Viticulture Roundup & New Growers Workshop Those interested in starting a vineyard or winery will greatly benefit from attending these workshops to learn about the industry and network with other in attendance. Grape and wine specialists from Virginia Tech, North Carolina State University, and University of Georgia will give presentations that are pertinent to all new and/or soon-to-be industry members. Current grape and wine industry members from Georgia and North Carolina will also give presentations. The day will conclude with a networking session in the afternoon. Atlanta, GA
  • Feb 26 - Feb 27 West Georgia Small Farm Conference This conference is a two day event designed for anyone who is operating a small farm looking from honey bee production, small business development, crop scheduling, nuisance wildlife, understanding different ag agencies, small ruminants, vegetable pests, and irrigation. The event will conclude with local farm tours. Event is free for the first 120 registrants. Waco, GA
  • Mar 13 Journeyman Farmer's Certificate Program UGA Extension in Carroll, Haralson, & 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 13, 2020 (9 AM– 5 PM) Carroll County Ag Center Step 2 – Small Fruit & Vegetable Production 4 -Week training, Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. March 17, 24, & 31, and April 7 Step 3 - Hands-on Production Carrollton, GA
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Peanut Blog
  • A “Mitey” Wormy Week in Peanuts Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 It came as no surprise on Monday morning when the phone starting ringing with questions about foliage feeding caterpillars, lesser cornstalk borers and two spotted spider mites in peanut fields. Most of the foliage feeding caterpillars we are seeing now are velvetbean caterpillars (VBC). This species is generally easy to...
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Strawberry Blog
  • Colletotrichum Resistance to QoI Fungicides Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 Anthracnose fruit rot disease, caused by fungal Colletotrichum species, is one of the most significant disease problems of commercial strawberry production in Georgia and the Southeast.  Resistance to site specific fungicides could result in control failures if proper resistance management strategies are not used.
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Cotton Blog
  • 2019 Cotton Outlook Posted by Yangxuan Liu on Sep 18, 2019 By Yangxuan Liu Click to download the PDF version of this post. In 2019, Georgia’s farmers planted 1.4 million acres of cotton, which is the third-highest planted acreage for the past decade, down 30 thousand acres from 2018. The average cotton yield is forecast at 932 pounds per acre. Production...
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Pecan Blog
  • Twig Girdler Damage on Young Trees Posted by agsawyer on Dec 13, 2019 Growers with young trees may come across this situation in small blocks or trees near woods. We came across some twig girdlers in Washington County last month that appears more like a tall deer bit off every single branch. The broken branches were laying on the ground at the base...
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Peach Blog
  • Statewde Agricultural Disaster Assistance Meetings Posted by Jeff Cook on Oct 3, 2019 FSA and UGA Agricultural Economics will be holding joint producer meetings throughout the state on 3 major government support programs. These meetings will focus on: WHIP+ Disaster Assistance. MFP Trade Assistance ARC/PLC Farm Bill Our closest meeting is in Reynolds at Flint Energies Wednesday October 9th at 3 pm. Call...
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Turf/Ornamental Blog
  • Green industry webinar series Posted by Shimat V. Joseph on Aug 2, 2019 Green industry webinars are targeted to turfgrass and ornamental industry.  These webinars update the industry with current information in pest (insect, pathogen and weeds) management, cultural practices, etc., as well as offers CEUs in GA, SC and TN . The upcoming webinars are below:   September 18, 2019, Wednesday Multi-spectral...
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Viticulture Blog
  • REMINDER: Register for the Southeastern US New Grape Growers Conference! Posted by Cain on Dec 9, 2019 The 2019 Southeastern US New Grape Growers Conferences are only ONE week away! These workshops will be held on Monday, December 16th at City Winery in Atlanta, GA and again on Tuesday, December 17th at pleb urban winery in Asheville, NC. Those interested in starting a vineyard or winery will...
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