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UC IPM is hiring for an Editor to work with the Urban & Community program editing and laying out educational materials. These materials include a variety of publications such as a large, frequently updated publication series, technical manuscripts written for a lay audience, news and informational pieces, and other documents for print or Web. Our print publications are distributed to end users throughout California and documents on the UC IPM Web site receive more than 10,000 page views daily.
The application period closes on July 10. Learn more about the position at the links below and apply today!
June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week, a time to highlight the crucial role that pollinators play in producing food for our nation. Something you may not know about pollinators is that many of them, including beetles, flies, and wasps, are also beneficial natural enemies of many garden and landscape pests!
A good example of a pollinator that is also a natural enemy is the syrphid fly, also known as the flower or hover fly. Syrphid fly larvae prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects, potentially consuming hundreds of these pests in one month! As adults, syrphid flies move from flower to flower feeding on pollen and nectar, assisting the process of...
- Author: Karey Windbiel-Rojas
You heard right: bed bugs have there own "awareness week" too.
California and other states have seen a recent resurgence in bed bugs in more than just crowded housing units and hotels. Bed bugs can be found anywhere where humans, their primarily food source, frequent. It's important that we are all aware of bed bugs and how we can prevent or control infestations of these very unwelcome insects.
Read about bed bug biology, preventive measures, how to detect bed bugs in the home or hotel, and how to management them.
- UC IPM Bed Bug Quick Tip (short answer)
- UC IPM
- Author: Karey Windbiel-Rojas
Did you know that this week (June 6 - June 14) is California Invasive Species Action week? The goal of this week is to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and share ways we can all participate in the fight against California's invasive species and their impacts on our environment and natural resources.
Find out more about California Invasive Species Action week, species of concern, schedule of events, and what you can do to help prevent invasive species at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Action-Week.
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Most people in California have had some experience with skunks, whether getting a whiff of their distinctive skunk scent in the air or having the unfortunate experience of a pet that's been sprayed.
Two skunk species call California home: the spotted skunk and the striped skunk. About half the size of a house cat, the striped skunk is mostly active at dawn, dusk and at night, but can be active during the daytime, especially in human-use areas; the spotted skunk rarely ventures outside during the daytime.
Skunks are attracted to residential areas due to the availability of food, water, and shelter and often den under decks, porches, or buildings. Most people never see the skunks that travel through their...