Originally published by California Department of Pesticide Regulation

SACRAMENTO – A diverse group of businesses and organizations and the city of San José are being honored Thursday, March 18 as 2009 IPM Innovators by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for controlling insects, weeds, rodents and other pests with a combination of natural and preventive strategies and pesticides less toxic than traditional treatments.

“From vacuuming cockroaches infesting a café to building bird and bat houses to attract natural predators that eat insects and rodents in vineyards and parks, this year’s honorees exemplify pest control strategies we call integrated pest management, or IPM,” DPR Director Mary-Ann Warmerdam said today. “IPM is more protective of public health and safer for the environment whether you have a pest problem in a home or office building, agricultural fields, garden or park.”

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