Pest Management in Arkansas
Although the term "pest" is usually used for insects that cause economic damage, we use an inclusive definition, including insects, pathogens causing plant disease, and weeds that cause economic damage to crops. Pest management refers to "managing" the number of pests through some sort of intervention, whether cultural, mechanical or cultural. Managing a pest does not mean eradicating the pest -- those are two very different concepts with different objectives. Viable, long-term management strategies rely on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as an approach that is sustainable, beneficial to the environment and to the bottom line of the grower.
The sections contained here include managing insect pests of field crops, fruit and nut crops, animals and urban areas; managing plant diseases; and managing weeds of agricultural and other areas. In addition, there is a section on insecticide recommendations and licensing. Before using any pesticides, please consult the relevant pesticide guides.
Commercial pesticide use and licensing is regulated by the Arkansas State Plant Board; persons interested in obtaining a license or certificate should consult Plant Board staff for updated information.
Requirements to apply pesticides safely and effectively.Learn more about training, licensing & certification
Urban and Household Insects
Urban areas and suburban homes have their own unique pest problems. Safe control of insects in proximity to humans requires specialized knowledge.