Implemented in 2002, the County of Santa Clara IPM Program, protects the health and safety of County employees, the public and the environment. It prevents and solves pest problems on County property with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings. The program eliminates or reduces pesticide applications on County property to the maximum extent feasible through available non-pesticide alternatives.
Use of 26 conventional pesticides has been phased out, while the total number of pesticide applications and overall volume of reduced-risk pesticides has been significantly lowered.
IPM is a sustainable approach to preventing and suppressing pest problems while minimizing human health and environmental risks. IPM practitioners use a judicious blend of biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical controls. The County IPM program incorporates best information from IPM research worldwide on managing pests using safe and effective techniques and strategies.
The program continues to institute effective leadership through:
- Building coalitions and partnerships
- Outreach to IPM practitioners and the public
- Increasing the predictability and effectiveness of pest management techniques
- Developing science-based pest management projects that are low-risk, sustainable, affordable and socially appropriate
This section highlights the program's accomplishments, particularly the initiatives taken to reduce pesticide use and advance sustainability efforts.