- Plant pest-resistant or well-adapted plant varieties such as native
- Discourage pests by modifying the way you design, water, fertilize,
and manage your garden.
- Alter the garden or home environment to deprive pests of the food,
water, shelter, or other requirements they need to thrive.
- Keep pests out of the home and garden using barriers, screens, and
- Squash, trap, wash off, or prune out pests.
- Rely on natural enemies in your garden to
kill pests, thereby eliminating the need for insecticides that may
end up in our waterways.
- Pesticides should only be used when nonchemical methods are ineffective
and pests are reaching intolerable levels; choose products carefully
so that the least toxic, most effective material is used.
Identify and manage pests
with least toxic methods:
- Quick Tips provide quick answers
for some common home and landscape pests.
- Home and garden page
gives more detailed information for hundreds of pests.
See more tips on environmentally-friendly gardening practices:
Integrated pest management (IPM) uses environmentally sound, yet
effective, ways to keep pests from annoying you or damaging plants.
IPM programs usually combine several pest control methods for long-term
prevention and management of pest problems without harming you, your
family, or the environmentIPM also reduces pollution in California
Successful IPM begins with correct identification of the pest. Only
then can selection of the appropriate IPM methods and materials be