Pest Management & Pesticide Use

IPM in Maine

Maine takes an active role in promoting and facilitating the use of Integrated Pest Management. The University of Maine’s IPM programs provides leadership and technical expertise to farms and communities through education, demonstration, and outreach activities. University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides guidance and technical expertise for pest problem solving to farmers and gardeners. The State of Maine supports IPM through its policies, regulations and the activities of state agencies.

Maine’s Integrated Pest Management Council

Maine’s Integrated Pest Management Council was established by Maine Legislature in 2003 to promote, expand, and enhance integrated pest management adoption in all sectors of pesticide use and pest management within the State.  It is administered and coordinated jointly by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Learn more about the Maine IPM Council. [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/integrated_pest_management/ipm_council.shtml]

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Home & Garden IPM

Looking for Maine garden and yard resources that include IPM principles? One of the most important steps in the IPM process is to specifically identify the pest to make sure it is a pest and to verify it is the culprit causing the damage. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides resources for identifying pests and critters common to homes and gardens, and information on how to control them.  Find those resources here. [https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/]. For DIYers, the Maine IPM Council’s GotPests.org [http://www.gotpests.org] website offers image galleries and a curated collection of up to date IPM resources for identifying and managing pests commonly found in and around homes and gardens. For pests of trees and woodlots, the Maine Forest Service offers information and expertise. For identifying and managing invasive weeds see the Maine Natural Areas Program.

Yard, garden & woodlot pests, weeds, ticks, ants, and curiosities – learn all about Maine pest and beneficial critters at these websites:  University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine IPM Council, or the Maine Forest Service, or one of the Additional Resources below.

Additional Resources:

University of Maine Cooperative Extension [https://extension.umaine.edu/]
Maine Board of Pesticide Control [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/]
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/]
Maine Flower Show [https://maineflowershow.com/]
National Pesticide Information Center [http://npic.orst.edu/]
Maine IPM Council [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/integrated_pest_management/ipm_council.shtml]
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association [https://www.mofga.org/]
Ecological Landscape Alliance [https://www.ecolandscaping.org/]
Maine Soil and Water Conservation Districts  [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/commissioners/soil_water/index.shtml]
University of Maine Cooperative Extension County Offices [https://extension.umaine.edu/county-offices/]
Maine Natural Areas Program [https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/features/invasive_plants/invasives.htm]

 

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Eradication of a pest species is not the goal of IPM, rather the goal is to prevent unwanted damage to whatever it is we wish to protect – human health, gardens, our food supply.

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