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  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Protecting Pollinators
  • Invasive Species
  • Reducing Pesticides
  • Mosquito Control Program

Integrated Pest Management Program

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

The city's approach to Integrated Pest Management or IPM is true to the  original concept, that was developed by a group of professors at the University of California in the late 1950's in response to the "fast-moving pesticide treadmill" associated with the overuse of pesticides, particularly DDT after World War II. One of the biggest problems with relying on pesticides is that, in most cases, very little of the pesticide actually reaches the target, and instead ends up in the air, water, soil and affecting wildlife and people. Rather than focusing on one species, Ecologically-Based IPM considers the entire web of life within the ecosystem, working with natural processes to keep populations of all living things, including pests, in balance. Learn more about different aspects of IPM, what the city is doing and what you can do by visiting different program areas. 


Upcoming Events and Initiatives


Boulder Pollinator Garden Project

The Boulder Pollinator Garden Project

Do you want to be part of a local movement to make Boulder a pollinator haven and work together to blanket our city with beautiful native flowers that support our bees, butterflies and birds? Learn how, at  and find out about events, workshops and more.




Presentation and Open House - City of Boulder's Approach for Mosquito Management

Wednesday, June 6 ♦ 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ♦ Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater

mosquito feeding on flower nectarJoin City of Boulder ecologists for a public information session on Wednesday, June 6, at the Canyon Theater to help community members understand the city’s current and future strategies for effective mosquito management and how the community and the city can partner to reduce nuisance mosquito bites and decrease the risk of West Nile virus.

Fun and surprising facts about mosquitoes, the truth about some common myths, and how the community can get involved in the city’s assessment of its current mosquito program will be included in the program.

5:30 – Presentation

6 – Q&A panel with city ecology staff

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Open House

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