Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management, or IPPM, is a strategic framework for managing pests while protecting pollinators. As its name implies, IPPM takes the core principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and adds specific considerations and strategies for protecting pollinators. The foundations of IPPM include conservation biological control, scouting and monitoring, identifying evidence-based treatment thresholds, and practicing non-chemical management strategies to reduce reliance on and use of pesticides.
Although grapes do not require insect pollination in order to set fruit, vineyards can be excellent locations for establishing pollinator habitat. Permanent and temporary habitat in vineyards can support declining pollinator populations contributing to species recovery in key geographic areas throughout the state. Pollinator habitat plantings also attract other beneficial insects such as natural enemies that prey on crop pests.
By Rich Hatfield, Ann Potter (WDFW), and Joel Sauder (IDFG)
Bumble bees are charismatic and easily recognizable pollinators thanks to their large size and distinctive striped patterns, usually of black and yellow, but often with stripes of red, orange, or white. They play an incredibly important role in keeping our environment healthy by pollinating flowers in natural areas and by contributing to successful harvests on farms.