Insects and diseases are a major challenge to greenhouse production. IPM is an important tool in the management of these pests. The primary goal of IPM is to optimize pest control in an economically and ecologically sound way. IPM involves the integration of cultural, physical, biological, and chemical practices to grow crops with minimal use of pesticides. Monitoring, sampling, and record keeping are used to determine when controls are needed to keep pests below an economically damaging threshold. Pest management, not eradication, is the goal of IPM. For more information, see the ATTRA publication Integrated Pest Management for Greenhouse Crops and individual publications on white fly, aphid, and thrips control. Using less permanent structures—such as hoophouses—can avoid build-up of pest infestations.
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