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Managing pests

Integrated Pest Management

The City is committed to protecting the ecological balance in our 7,822 hectares of parkland through sustainable and environmentally-friendly pest management practices. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach helps keep invasive pest populations under control without compromising the health of our ecosystems.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management is a healthy approach to keeping pest populations (weeds, insects, diseases, etc.) under control. IPM refers to how The City consolidates and coordinates all necessary pest management techniques effectively, economically, and using environmentally-sound methods. Since pest problems often point to ecological imbalances, the IPM goal is to plan and manage ecosystems to prevent organisms from becoming pests.

The City of Calgary IPM Plan is one of the leading municipal IPM strategies in Canada.

Why it works

IPM promotes and practices a better understanding of the ecosystem and why pest problems occur. It also provides a reduced dependence on chemical controls.

The result? Parks and recreation areas are healthier and natural ecosystems in the urban environment are protected and conserved. The City's pest management processes foster the preservation of natural enemies of pests and ensures our tactics are in compliance with municipal, provincial and federal regulations regarding pest management.