The abbreviation "IPM" stands for Integrated Pest Management. IPM, is a system of controlling pests by combining biological, mechanical, cultural, physical and chemical control methods in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks. Pests are monitored by regular and careful inspections. The inspections identify pests and conditions contributing to pest problems. Based on the inspection the technician then decides what actions are necessary. The knowledge of the pest's biology and habits will help in determining what methods or techniques would best control the pests at the lowest potential exposure possible.