Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Updated: Jan 4

What is it? Why use it?

Integrated Pest Management is a system of utilizing multiple approaches to control pests efficiently and sustainably. It uses both preventative and reactive strategies for long term pest prevention. The Woods uses a variety of strategies to control pests and diseases. It helps prevent pests from becoming resistant to one controlled measure and allows us to create a healthier and more sustainable product.

Chemical Control

Chemical control is one of the more common methods that people think of when they hear “pest control.” Chemical controls can be anything from restricted use pesticides to nonrestricted plant-based sprays. Chemical controls can come in the form of liquid sprays, drenches, granular applications, pellet applications, and more. They can be applied as a preventative measure before a pest problem arises, or as reactive measures to control already present pests. At The Woods, we don’t use any restricted use pesticides. Instead, we selectively apply plant-based sprays and beneficial microbes that target specific pests; they work synergistically with the rest of the Integrated Pest Management tactics we employ.

Cultural Control

The cultural control method involves controlling the environment around the plants so that pests and disease cannot become established. This is due to the environment being optimal for plant growth but suboptimal for pests. For example, fine-tuning watering schedules so plants are getting the exact amount of water they need can prevent problems like overwatering. Overwatered plants are susceptible to diseases since their roots are s