It is essential to record the results of scouting in order to develop historical information, document patterns of pest activity, and track successes and failures. Records of pesticide use are required by Maryland regulations, but for IPM purposes should include additional information, such as monitoring records, weather records, cultural management logs, and pest response.
Best Management Practices
- Determine whether the corrective actions reduced or prevented pest populations, were economical, and minimized risks. Record and use this information when making similar decisions in the future.
- Observe and document turf conditions regularly (daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on the pest), noting which pests are present, so that informed decisions can be made regarding the damage they are causing and what control strategies are necessary.
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