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Manage Yard Pests Responsibly graphic Manage Yard Pests ResponsiblyTraditional pest control practices are under scrutiny because of growing concerns about health, the environment and pesticide resistance. Regular preventive pesticide applications are still common but are often unnecessary.

Healthy trees and shrubs can usually defend against pest attacks, while beneficial insects, birds and other natural controls often suppress undesirable insects -- which makes casual use of pesticides unnecessary.

A better approach to managing pests is Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which emphasizes using a combination of environmentally friendly methods that focus on preventing pest problems.

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