Colorado Integrated Pest Management

IPM Mission and Goals

Our goal is to develop recommendations for sustainable pest management and increase adoption of Integrated Pest Management to suppress adverse impacts of pests associated with crops, vegetables, urban landscapes, and gardens.

We seek to address key pest challenges in Colorado while protecting human, environment and pollinator health/ safety.

Outcomes of our work will include increased knowledge and adoption of IPM tools, enhanced coordination, and responsiveness of IPM research, and increased availability of safe, affordable, and high-quality crops to consumers.  

Search For Pests By Category

Our new site allows you to easily search for pests by category. Find your pest based where your pest is affecting your plants and crops. We have also included a section on beneficial insects and pollinators to enhance natural pest management.

Agricultural Pests

field crops

Important agronomic commodities in Colorado such as wheat, corn, and alfalfa are host to diverse pests that limit crop production. Here you will find descriptions of these pests and effective management strategies.

Trees and Shrub Pests

trees

Trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants make up our urban, community, and home landscapes. There are a number of important invasive and native pests that threaten these landscapes.   

Fruiting Tree and Shrub Pests

Apple trees
Fruit trees grown in Colorado include peaches, apples, apricots, plums, and pears. Pests reduce fruit yields by feeding on the fruit, and injuring different parts of the tree such as leaves or bark.

Turfgrass Pests

White grub injury in lawn.

There are many different insects associated with turfgrass in Colorado, with a few commonly causing damage, often larvae of beetles, weevils, and moths. IPM in turf ecosystems usually requires attention to cultural practices and protection of pollinators.  

Household Pests

A group of wasps at a hummingbird feeder.

Arthropods of concern to community members are often those than invade homes, buildings, and yards or cause some sort of nuisance. These include ants, grasshoppers, bees and wasps, spiders, and many others.  

Industrial Hemp Pests

industrial hemp

Hemp is a highly regulated plant with applications in medicine, clothing, and more. Learning to identify and manage pest infestations within the context of IPM can help prevent hemp yield and quality losses.

For a more complete listing of insects, please browse the Hemp Insects Factsheets compiled by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Whitney Cranshaw.

Specialty and Alternative Crop Pests

chili pepper field

Specialty and alternative crops include vegetables, industrial hemp, and landscape plants. These diverse systems with different production approaches have unique pest challenges.  

Beneficial Insects

Adult green lacewing

Many insects are beneficial to protecting our plants and crops. Learning to identify and nurture beneficial insects will enhance your production and the overall health of the ecosystem.

Need Insect Identification Help?

We offer agricultural insect identification services through our Plant Diagnostic Clinic and laboratory. We now charge a $15 identification fee. Please visit the Plant Clinic for sample submission instructions.

Northern Colorado Trapping Data

CSU Extension Specialist, Dr. Todd Ballard, monitors a number of important agricultural regions throughout the state for pests. Data is updated throughout the growing season.

Wheat Disease Newsletter

Department of Agricultural Biology Assistant Professor, Dr. Robyn Roberts shares weekly newsletters on agricultural disease outbreaks throughout Colorado. Keep up to date during the growing season with this valuable information.

Plant Diagnostics

  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Agricultural insect identification
  • Plant identification
  • Client recommendations

We are the Colorado state lab in the National Plant Diagnostic Network.

Visit the Plant Diagnostics Lab

Master Gardeners

Our goal is to enhance knowledge-based education to local communities. We teach individuals about plants and foster successful gardeners while protecting neighborhood environments.

Visit Master Gardners Website

Pesticide Safety

Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program

The source for current and accurate information on pesticide laws, safety, training.

Visit CEPEP site

CSU Extension Insect Fact Sheets

If you are in need of a more in-depth explanation or a specific insect description, we suggest browsing the CSU Extension fact sheets. They are our most thorough and rigorously edited resource. Many of these are developed in collaboration with our faculty.

CSU Extension Insect Fact Sheets

IPM Team Members

Ada Szczepaniec

Associate Professor of Entomology, IPM Coordinator
Specialty Crops, Communities

Todd Gains

Associate Professor of Weed Science
Agronomic Crops

Punya Nachappa

Associate Professor of Entomology
Agronomic Crops, Specialty Crops

Robyn Roberts

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology
Agronomic Crops

Ana Cristina Fulladosa-Palma

Plant Diagnostic Clinic Director

Lisa Blecker

Pesticide Safety and Education