- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Visitors to the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) display in front of Briggs Hall at the 101st annual Picnic Day last Saturday at the University of California, Davis, got a close look at the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar.
While the visitors watched or held them, the other caterpillars kept busy, munching on the leaves of their host plant, the pipevine.
Butterfly expert Art Shapiro, distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, has seen lots of Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor) already this year. "There...
- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
To successfully eliminate bed bugs, pest management professionals (PMPs) say they need the cooperation of people living the pests, according to a survey conducted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists.
California's pest management pros are divided over whether they believe that some of the state's bed bug populations are resistant to insecticides, but they agree that the bugs may survive treatments by finding safe harbor in excessive clutter and personal items that tenants didn't want treated or thrown away. In addition, some settings – such as hotels, motels, college dorms and homeless shelters – may be continually reinfested.
Bed bugs are among the most...
Today, April 7, 2015 is the 13th annual National Healthy Schools Day, a day dedicated to promoting healthy school environments for children.
Children in the United States face risks from exposure to pests and pesticides in schools. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) encourages the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a smart, sensible and sustainable approach to pest control that focuses on addressing the underlying issues that make schools attractive to pests.
EPA reports that half of all schools have problems with indoor pollution, a complex problem attributable to various sources, such as poor engineering, leaky roofs, deferred...
- Author: Karey Windbiel-Rojas
As spring approaches and people continue to enjoy California's sunny weather, outdoor types should also be aware of rattlesnakes that may be inhabiting the same places they travel. Those who enjoy hiking should determine first whether rattlesnakes are found in that area and under what conditions they might be encountered.
Rattlesnakes have a distinctive, triangular-shaped head, which can be helpful in their identification; and as their name implies, most have a rattle on the tail end. The harmless gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer) appears similar to rattlesnakes and can alter its posture to mimic the triangular head shape but will always lack a rattle. However because rattles can break off, the lack of a rattle does...
- Author: Dong-Hwan Choe
Are baits the silver bullet for German cockroach control? How can you use better use bait stations against mice and rats? What are the county inspectors looking for during headquarter and truck inspections? Ever wonder how museums deal with their pest problems? Where can you receive updates on new laws and regulations affecting wood destroying organism (WDO) services and listen to the latest research and IPM ideas that can help you control cockroaches, mosquitoes, termites, and bed bugs?
The 24th Annual UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conference will be held at UCR Extension on March 25, 2015. This one-day conference, primarily targeting urban pest management professionals, has been one...