Those who seek to find another method of pest control often turn to Integrated Pest Management. Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a pest control method that places the emphasis on prevention. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
Most plant injury is caused by poor growing conditions. Weak plants are more susceptible to pests than healthy plants. Observation and early identification of problems is the key. Application of pesticides is not excluded from an IPM program, but most often reserved as a "last resort."
The basic components can be practiced easily in the home and garden.
First, acknowledge the fact that some pest presence and damage is natural. IPM requires the time to maintain an educated eye toward the garden, the ability to correctly identify the nature of pest problems and the self-discipline to decide what threshold of natural pest damage to allow before initiating chemical controls.
The use of cultural, mechanical and biological controls can reduce dependence on pesticides.
IPM can also be practiced inside of the home. Keep the house clean, especially kitchens and baths. Keep an eye out for early detection of pests.