Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest managment (IPM) is a strategy where insects are controlled through a variety of alternative practices with chemical controls (read insecticide) being the last step in the process NOT THE FIRST.
Please learn more about integrated pest management by clicking on the links below:
Colorado IPM Center: http://coloradoipmcenter.agsci.colostate.edu/
Western IPM center: http://www.wrpmc.ucdavis.edu/
High Plains IPM (great for ag crop IPM): http://wiki.bugwood.org/HPIPM:Main_Page
US Fish and Wildlife Center ‘Reducing Risks to Pollinators from Pest Control’