Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy for managing pests that is informed, long-term and sustainable. It is a science occupying a field of study in colleges and universities, and volumes have been written on the subject.
The purpose of this Countywide IPM Program (Program) is to provide enough IPM principles, useful information, resources, and support to allow managers of County facilities to successfully manage pests and apply fertilizers at the facility with minimum or no adverse impacts to the environment, including surface water. This Information establishes new requirements for County employees and vendors as well as reaffirms existing ones.
These requirements are found throughout this site and presented as a summary. The site contains a considerable amount of information on pesticides, among other things. However, it is not a comprehensive guide to pesticide use, nor or does it constitute the pesticide safety training required by state law.
Certain County departments have large scale or highly specialized pest management needs which fall outside the scope of this general, countywide program. For these situations, additional programs have been or will be developed which adhere to the basic tenets and principles of quality IPM.