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IPM

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a comprehensive approach to managing plant pests. IPM uses many different methods to manage pests while causing the least harm to people, property, and the environment.

Before the shift to IPM, pesticides were applied on a regular basis to crops, whether or not a pest problem existed. IPM's emphasis is on managing pests with a variety of methods, including the careful use of pesticides.

Prevention is the key to IPM. It's important to select the right plant for the right place, to choose pest-resistant varieties, and to maintain healthy plants.

Plants should also be checked often for pests. If pests are found, you can start planning your Florida-Friendly management strategy, which can be as simple as removing the insects by hand.

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