IPM for Homes
To practice IPM, you don't have to be an expert. This brochure is designed to help get you started with an understanding of insects, weeds, and other pests in and around your home.
- Be nosy. Look routinely around your home (indoors and outdoors) and on your lawn, trees, and plants for pests or signs of their activity. Check cabinets and other hard-to-reach places, noting moist areas, which can attract pests. Inspect during the day and at night (when some pests, such as cockroaches and mice, are very active). Examine newly-obtained plants for insects, checking both sides of the leaves.
- Know what you have. Identify the intruder, then decide if there is really a problem. Not all insects are pests; for instance, the Western conifer-seed bug, which invades homes in the fall, is harmless. To determine whether you’ve found a "friend" or "foe," consult local Cornell Cooperative Extension or other resources.
- Adopt a peaceful attitude. Most pests aren't life-threatening, and with a calm attitude you can resolve the problem.
- Manage pests using IPM methods. Consult the resources listed in this brochure.
- Follow up. Check later in those areas around your home where pests were a problem to see if those problems have been resolved.