The Online Gardener's Handbook 2010
Chapter 2: Integrated Pest Management

Regular inspection of your garden or landscape plants throughout the growing season is one of the most important parts of integrated pest management. This will allow you to detect pest populations early, before they become too big. Control is much easier if applied when pest populations are low. To do this you will need to be familiar both with the plants in your yard and with each one's specific growth requirements. This will help you understand the types of pests most likely to be encountered.

Monitor your garden and landscape plants weekly or more frequently if conditions are favourable to pest development. Walk through your garden, stopping to check every few plants for signs of pests and pest damage. Examine all parts of the plant, remembering to check underneath leaves. Don't forget that some pests reside in the soil - look on or around the roots of wilted plants. Useful tools include a 10-15x hand lens to look for small insects, a knife for cutting open damaged or fallen fruit, and containers for collecting samples if you need to bring them elsewhere for diagnosis.

For more information on what to look for, refer to the section on Diagnosing Plant Problems in Chapter 1.

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