- Author: Tammy Majcherek
- Author: Stephanie Parreira
National Honey Bee Day 2018: Brush up on your knowledge of bee protection
Author: Stephanie Parreira
Celebrate National Honey Bee Day by brushing up on your knowledge of bee protection—check out the newly revised Best Management Practices to Protect Bees from Pesticides and Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratingsfrom UC IPM. These resources will help you strike the right balance between applying pesticides to protect crops and reducing the risk of harming our most important pollinators.
The best management practices now contain important information regarding the use of adjuvants and tank mixes, preventing the movement of pesticide-contaminated dust, and adjusting chemigation practices to reduce bee exposure to pesticide-contaminated water. The Bee Precaution Pesticide Ratings have also been updated to include ratings for 38 new pesticides, including insecticides (baits, mixtures, and biological active ingredients), molluscicides (for snail and slug control), and fungicides.
Most tree and row crops are finished blooming by now, but it is a good idea to learn about bee protection year-round. Visit these resources today to choose pesticides that are least toxic to bees and learn how you can help prevent bees from being harmed by pesticide applications.
Linda also would like to point out more HLB-positive trees have been found in Orange County, more than even Los Angeles County where the disease was first discovered in California.
'We can see what this disease has already done to the Florida citrus industry and economy; we still have the ability to avoid that same scenario in California if we work prudently and in a timely manner.'
Contact your local UC Master Garden Program for information.
Beyond your threshold of frustration? There are methods to treat for this annoying pest that are environmentally sound which can be found at the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program website. Not only will you find information about ants and other pests such as snails, slugs, aphids, etc., you can learn about beneficial insects too.
But, if you are determined to do a spray application with an insecticide yourself, or plan to call a pest management professional, be sure to read about the new Fipronil, a pesticide commonly used to combat ants and other pests, label restrictions at http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=27509.
For more information on how to download the app to your device please click here or go to the following link https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/citruscommittee/ and scroll down to the bottom right corner of the page.
1. Give plants that are drought and heat sensitive a nice slow, long drink to properly hydrate them. This will allow the water to properly moisten the soil and roots rather than running off where it is not needed.
2. Make sure the soil is moist but not over-saturated which may lead to rotting roots - no one enjoys continuously wet feet, including plants.
3. If you have mulched around your landscape plants, be sure to pull the material away from the crown of the plant to allow air circulation preventing a humid environment favorable for to viruses and bacteria.
4. Short on time and have a fussy plant? Drill several holes into the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Place bucket near plant and fill with water. It will deliver water at a slow rate, penetrating the soil deeply.
Lastly, just like you, it is very important to hydrate your plant before it gets heat stressed so that it can recover quicker.