Pest Management Guide

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At NCAP, we aim to empower constituents to research and employ alternatives to pesticides. Use this guide to help you in your quest to manage pests without pesticides! NCAP has limited staff and resources and by researching your own solutions, you save NCAP time and money that we can use to focus on advocating, researching and hosting educational events about alternatives to pesticides. 

Pest Identification & Biology

If you have a pest problem on your property, the first step should be to research it. To understand pests, it’s good practice to look up the life cycle of the pest. Some resources have been included below, but they are by no means all-encompassing.

For identification, try these sites:

Pest Management Practices

Once you've identified your pest and its life cycle, the next step is to research what ecologically sound practices you can employ. This is the same process NCAP has used in the past to provide recommendations. Look for organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. Be aware that since these links access external organizations, management suggestions may include the use of pesticides which we do not endorse.

Look up the pest or pathogen in a handbook.

To help guide you, these handbooks have an “O” next to all management practices that can be used in organic production.

Additional Sources for Information on Alternative Pest Management Practices

Ask an extension agent!

These agents are state employees and they’re here to serve you! Be sure to let them know what types of solutions you’re looking for (For example: organic), and they’ll provide you with recommendations. Extension agents are typically employed through land-grant universities, so to find them, go to your local land-grant university. In the Pacific Northwest, these include: Washington State University, Oregon State University and University of Idaho.

Check NCAP's resources pages

Google Scholar

If you don’t see what you’re looking for in a handbook or on our website and your local extension agent doesn’t have any recommendations, go straight to the source and look it up in Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com)! This is a database of scholarly research publications. This is the source of virtually all extension recommendations. Although many of these publications are behind a pay-wall, many aren’t! And luckily, you don’t need to pay to read the abstract (or summary). Simply search for the pest of concern and the word “management,” “organic management” or “integrated pest management” to find a list of the research that’s been done internationally on your pest of concern.

Still Need Help?

If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, post your question on our contact page, and we’ll solicit answers from local farmers and home gardeners to see what additional knowledge they can offer.

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