Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Research and Demonstration in New York Municipalities
No Access Until
Pesticide reduction at the municipal level depends on the adoption and implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) and other best management practices. Many municipalities in New York and around the country are seeking to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. Within New York, local pesticide phase-out laws have been passed in eight cities and counties comprising a population of over 11 million people. To address the growing need for research and educational outreach for municipalities, specialists at NYS IPM conducted research projects on stinging insects trapping, low-risk tick management, and bed bugs (to be addressed in a separate report). In addition, outreach was accomplished through participation in decisionmaking pest management committees and with workshops designed to educate and promote adoption of IPM. It was determined that stinging insect traps are attractive to yellowjackets and must be used strategically in areas frequented by people. Over 135 people were trained directly by IPM specialists through workshops and presentations designed to promote IPM adoption. Also, a group meeting was organized by IPM specialists to bring together representatives from New York City, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, and an IPM Program expert from the City of San Francisco. This meeting was synergistic and created a sense of accomplishment among the communities working to reduce the impact of pesticides.