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
Pecan Dieback link Hurricane Michael has lingering effect on pecan trees that survived the October 2018 storm. By Clint Thompson | Published: 7/19/2019
Midville Field Day link UGA agricultural scientists will speak about cotton, corn, peanuts and soybeans research. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson | Published: 7/19/2019
Peanut Research link UGA's international peanut research spotlighted at American Peanut Research and Education Society meeting. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon, Allison Floyd | Published: 7/18/2019
Smart Irrigation link It's tough to keep landscape plants perky during the summer — here's some help. By Clint Thompson, Clint Thompson, Merritt Melancon, Allison Floyd, Sadie Lackey | Published: 7/16/2019
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Upcoming Events
  • Jul 23 Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Field Day for improving soil healthy through a systems approach. Lunch will be provided. Millen, GA
  • Jul 24 Feral Swine Workshop July 24, 2019 5:30 P.M. Elbert County Extension Office is hosting experts Mike Mengak, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Matt Ondovchik, USDA Wildlife Services will discuss: Wild Pig Biology, Ecology, and Life History. National Feral Swine Program: Effective Control Techniques Economic Impacts Legal Status We will also introduce local GACD representatives, their new trapping program, and trap custodian. Elberton, GA
  • Jul 26 - Jul 27 2019 UGA Extension Gwinnett Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program Small Farm Business Planning Small Farm Business Planning part composed of four sessions that address financial matters that small farmers need to understand. The presenters are from the UGA Small Business Development Center. Topics include financial feasibility and record keeping, developing financial projections, obtaining credit, regulations, and marketing. Atlanta, GA
  • Jul 26 - Nov 14 Pesticide Credits UGA Extension Carroll County is offering 3 chances to get pesticide credits before the end of 2019. Join us for an hour as we watch a pesticide archive and earn one recertification credit. Cost is $10 per person per session. To register, or for more information, call 770-836-8546 or email Certified Pesticide Applicators must earn a required number of recertification credits every five years or be reexamined. Private applicators must obtain three (3) recertification credit hours and commercial applicators must obtain either six (6) or ten (10) recertification credit hours, depending on which category they are certified in. Please note that all recertification credit hours must be received in the Georgia Department of Agriculture's (GDA) Pesticide Program office at least 90 days prior to the expiration of your license. Carrollton, GA
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Peanut Blog
  • Lesser Cornstalk Borer and Spider Mite Update Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 As I drive across the state I see areas that have obviously received decent rainfall over the past month. On the other hand, there has been no measurable rain at my house in four weeks, and I am not the only one. It is DRY, and it is no secret...
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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
  • Insect Update: Black Pecan Aphid (Gibberellic Acid Treatment) Posted by Angel Acebes-Doria on Jul 22, 2019 Just a quick update here. If you have had problems with black pecan aphids (BPA) and/or anticipate having problems with them in certain blocks that are vulnerable to their infestation, spraying gibberellic acid (Pro Gibb 4%, ProGibb LV Plus) at this time of the season is an option. Gibberellic acid...
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Vegetable Blog
  • Whitefly Situation Could Change Rapidly Posted by asparks on Jul 17, 2019 We have had reports of whiteflies in multiple locations for some time. Thankfully they have remained low; however, that could change rapidly. In tests on station in Tifton, the whitefly population has increased significantly in the last week or so. We are seeing silverleaf in young squash. Adult counts today...
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Peach Blog
  • Update from the Field: Scale and Plum Curculio Posted by Blaauw on Jun 19, 2019 The second large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner, within the next couple of weeks in middle Georgia. We’ve been collecting a few crawlers on untreated trees for a couple of weeks, but we are now starting to collect considerably higher numbers on our...
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Turf/Ornamental Blog
  • Avoidance and Management Tips for Summer Turfgrass Diseases Posted by Alfredo Martinez on Jun 24, 2019 Gray leaf spot on St. Augustinegrass Gray leaf spot is active and causing epidemics St. Augustinegrass. The fungus Pyricularia grisea also affects perennial ryegrass and tall fescue in Georgia. However, the disease is particularly aggressive in St Augustinegrass. Hot humid summer weather and high nitrogen levels can make turf susceptible...
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Viticulture Blog
  • REMINDER: please help us by taking this sour rot survey by July 22 Posted by Cain on Jul 19, 2019 All: A kind reminder to please help us out by taking this sour rot survey. Your responses can help us make a case that research is highly needed to further investigate optimal management methods for this devastating disease. Here is the text from the previous post: As we enter veraison...
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