Some disadvantages of integrated pest management, or IPM, are that its use requires regular monitoring, it cannot be used for all pests, it can be hard to determine when to use sprays, it doesn't work with all environments and practitioners have to understand how IPM works and follow practices consistently. The purpose of IPM is to reduce how often pesticides have to be used, and some methods used include biological control, chemical control, cultural control and varietal selection.
IPM also has some advantages. First, the people who spray chemicals will face fewer health risks as the chemicals won't be sprayed as often. Second, there will not be as much of a need for chemical use in the future. In addition, there will be less pesticide resistance and contamination.