Integrated Pest Management Update

“I know this may sound like semantics, but perception becomes reality,” or more accurately, perception doesn’t always lead to the correct reality, he says. For example, if parents are told a sports field is under “organic”/IPM maintenance, their perception may be that no pesticides whatsoever are being used. When the parents find this out, they feel betrayed because their perception did not match the definition. That in turn can lead to a public outcry.

In reality, pesticides may be used in an appropriate manner, as needed.

Waltz adds, “All this is to say that the public is poorly informed as to the meaning and intention of our language, much less the philosophical concepts. Then you get the groups that truly do not want to know the difference but want to live in a world of perception and misinformation.”

The Florida reader concludes his comments by observing that most of the IPM and organic research and application appear to be in northern states in the U.S. He notes that the different climate and ecology in Florida may call for different IPM programs, which is probably true. He asks if anyone knows of any active and successful IPM programs in Florida. Does anybody have any information or suggestions?

Randy Gaddo is Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services in Peachtree City, Ga., and a frequent contributor to Parks & Rec Business. Watch for his IPM Updates in future issues. He can be contacted via e-mail at

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