Here at Daren’s Berries, we are very health friendly, and we a trying a new approach to pest management when it comes to out strawberries. It’s called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and it is a comprehensive approach to solving pest problems. Instead of trying to use pesticides to eliminate pests in the berries, the IPM approach considers all of the information and experience available, accounts for multiple objectives, and considers all available preventive and curative options. Based on that foundation, informed decisions are implemented to achieve optimum results.  What those optimum results are varies with each user's individual preferences.  However, in general terms the goal of IPM is to provide safe, effective, economical, environmentally sound, and socially sensitive outcomes.

IPM can be used wherever pest damage occurs. Among the more common types of pests are insects, mites, rodents, viruses, fungi, bacteria, and weeds. The IPM approach has been applied to pest problems in situations as diverse as houses and apartments, food handling facilities, golf courses, storage areas, and farms.

(Some info taken from http://pmo.umext.maine.edu/apple/IPMdefinition.html University of Maine)