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Minimize your costs of controlling a tree pest

To minimize your costs of controlling a tree pest you should consider Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This system involves identification of the pest and consideration and use of multiple control options ( preventative measures, tolerance of the damage, physical removal, use of natural enemies such as predators, parasites, and diseases, and lastly, chemical application).

If chemical application is one of your chosen options, please be environmentally responsible and ensure personal safety. Be sure that the pesticide to be used is labeled for your site and pest. Wear the protective clothing the label specifies. Follow the label directions for mixing solutions and rinsing spray containers. Apply the proper amount of product required to the right target and at the right time. Don't overuse! After all, a bug, fungus or weed can only die once. Always wash your hands after applying the pesticide. Keep children and pets away during applications and until the product dries, or as long as the label suggests. Store pesticides in their original containers and out of reach of children and pets. Protect the directions on the package by covering them with clear tape. Write the date of purchase somewhere on the container, and periodically check for leaks.