An integral part of the National Action Plan for Sustainable Use of Pesticides in Malta is the development of Guidelines for Integrated Pest Managment for Malta. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to humans, animals, and the environment. The following guidelines have been adopted for the Maltese Islands.