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Keep Bugs Away

Pest Control Tool Box

Identify the Pest

Look Closely and Keep Records

Decide if the Pest is a Problem

Choose the Safest Treatments

Different Ways to Keep Pests Away

Keep it Clean

Block Their Way

Use Your Hands

Let Nature Help

Chemical Uses

Let Nature Help

All species—including insects—have natural enemies. IPM uses natural enemies or biological controls to manage pests. The most common natural enemies are predators and parasitoids. A predator is an organism that eats another living thing. For example, a ladybug is a predator that will eat an aphid. A parasitoid is an organism that slowly feeds off another organism in order to grow into an adult. One example of parasites used in IPM is mini-wasps which are harmless to humans and which will feed off a variety of insect pests before eventually killing them.