About UGA IPM
The Annual Georgia Pest Management Handbook
The most recent edition of the Georgia Pest Management Handbook provides current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals in both commercial production and homeowner landscapes.
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.
The 2021 Commercial and Homeowner editions are now available for download and purchase!
The UGA IPM Program
Extension and research personnel from the University of Georgia, in cooperation with growers, suppliers, homeowners and other stakeholder groups, have teamed up to create a comprehensive IPM program for the state of Georgia. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a systems-based approach, and therefore successful IPM programs require cooperation and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. As such, we work in collaboration with specialists from many disciplines including Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Forestry and Natural Resources. Our management teams are often focused on a particular commodity (e.g. cotton, peanuts, peaches) or area (e.g. livestock, urban settings) of pest management.
The goal of the Georgia IPM program is to utilize a science-based decision-making process to increase the implementation of IPM practices in Georgia agriculture in order to minimize human health and environmental risks associated with pest management and improve the cost-benefit of IPM practices for producers. The IPM program works to achieve this goal through:
- development of new pest management strategies through research and innovation
- provide education to both public and private entities
- promote implementation and adoption of these practices through Extension
- effective communication with growers, commodity groups, and regional and national IPM centers.
Through communication with our clientele, identification of emerging pest problems, and continuous evaluation of our IPM program, we are constantly adapting and refining our Extension efforts to meet the pest management needs of the citizens of the state of Georgia. We aim to provide management strategies that are cost-effective, minimize risks to public health, and minimize environmental impacts.