- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire
And your children are gone.
How many times have you heard that nursery rhyme? Better yet, how many times have you seen a lady beetle (because they're beetles, not bugs) take off?
Look closely for lady beetles in aphid-infested milkweed plants and you might see this phenomenon. The lady beetle opens its elytra (a modified hardened protective wing case) and out pop the wings.
This lady beetle was munching and crunching aphids on a tropical milkweed this afternoon in Vacaville, Calif., and then opted to take flight. Just another beneficial insect eating soft-bodied...
Ten years ago the U.S. Senate voted unanimously and created National Pollinator Week. This week reminds us of the vital role pollinators play in providing our world's fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. According to the Pollinator Partnership, pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of crops annually in the U.S.
Pollinators include bees, beetles, bats, butterflies, moths, and wasps. Many pollinators including bats, predatory wasps, and syrphid flies are also beneficial predators because they...
Every April, we celebrate Earth Day and think about ways we can help make our planet healthier. One way to do this is to use IPM or integrated pest management to deal with pests around your home and garden!
IPM is a science-based, environmentally sound strategy that farmers, professionals, and residents can use to help prevent or control pests and their damage while at the same time protecting people, bees, beneficials, pets and the planet.
Are you already using IPM?
IPM uses a combination of methods including:
- biological control -- 'good bugs' or beneficial organisms like spiders or parasites that eat or prey on other bugs;
- physical control -- blocking the pest from...
The UC Statewide IPM Program is still looking for qualified individuals to assist with developing urban IPM publications and materials. The deadline to apply for the new urban Writer/Editor position has been extended until February 6, 2017.
Duties of this position include writing, editing, and copy editing a wide variety of professional-quality informational and outreach materials written by UC IPM academics, staff, or others. Materials include a variety of publications such as regularly updated publication series, technical manuscripts written for a lay audience, news and informational pieces, and other documents...
We've extended the deadline-hurry and reserve your space today!
Oakland Workshop, Jan. 24, 2017
Register NOW for the Oakland IPM Training for Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers workshop on January 24. Registration is now open to all.
Registration closes at 10:00pm. Come learn and received tons of materials about Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing disease, household pests, invasive pests, and IPM and pesticides.
Register, view the agenda, and see parking and directions at