IPM Success Stories

IPM is good for people, the environment, and the pocketbook

Since 2000, we’ve fostered the development and adoption of integrated pest management, supporting projects that focus on important pest problems and provide economic, environmental, and human health benefits to our region. Read on to learn about the impacts of projects we’ve funded and about the work of our partners nationwide.

July 26, 2018
Update: Biopesticide for Bed Bugs
Update: Biopesticide for Bed Bugs

A new fungal biopesticide spray developed at Penn State with funding from a Regional IPM grant is effective against immature and adult bed bugs.

March 19, 2018
To Stop Bed Bugs in Affordable Housing: Keys to Success
To Stop Bed Bugs in Affordable Housing: Keys to Success

Managers need to take a proactive approach to pest control, especially for bed bugs.

November 15, 2017
Growers: Make Friends with the Good Bugs to Battle Pests
Growers: Make Friends with the Good Bugs to Battle Pests

Margaret Skinner and her team are studying plants as a foundation in an IPM approach to manage aphids and other pests cost-effectively.

November 15, 2017
Chemical Ecology Could Address Pests, Help Pollinators
Chemical Ecology Could Address Pests, Help Pollinators

Some plants emit chemical “help” signals that call natural enemies—such as beneficial insects—to their aid.

November 15, 2017
Manipulate Habitats to Increase Beneficial Organisms
Manipulate Habitats to Increase Beneficial Organisms

Growers often use the IPM technique of increasing the complexity and diversity of vegetation to fight bad bugs.

November 15, 2017
An Introduction to Beneficial Organisms and Habitat
An Introduction to Beneficial Organisms and Habitat

Farmers, gardeners, homeowners, and land managers can cultivate rich habitats for beneficial organisms and suppress pests.

October 27, 2017
Ideas for Your Nuisance Deer Conservation Program
Ideas for Your Nuisance Deer Conservation Program

Imagine that you could hire a consultant to help you deal with the ecological damage caused by having too many deer in your municipality.

July 18, 2017
How to Tell Pests to Stay Away
How to Tell Pests to Stay Away

Exclusion, or prevention—it’s a fundamental principle of IPM, but why does it matter and how does one do it?

July 18, 2017
Preventing Ticks and Lyme Disease: Scientists Test New Strategy
Preventing Ticks and Lyme Disease: Scientists Test New Strategy

According to DreamBible.com, “to dream of ticks represents an annoyance in your life that forces you to be extra careful.”

July 18, 2017
Preventing Deer from Becoming Pests
Preventing Deer from Becoming Pests

Experts are using IPM techniques to prevent deer from destroying ecosystems.