As written in my blog post from 2 days ago, I found carpenter ants in my house recently and decided to call a pest control company to help manage them.
Yesterday, the field representative from the pest control company (both of whom will remain unnamed) showed up as scheduled, the day after I submitted a service request. Prompt service, which I appreciated! I had collected some of the perpetrators for him, and had both dead and live specimens on hand for his expert ID and advice.
The job of the licensed structural field rep is to identify the pest. I already knew what I had, having some prior knowledge of ants and having used the UC IPM
Are you interested in urban entomology? Do you wonder what that bug is you found in your carpet? Or maybe you love ladybird beetles and want to find out more about them.
Come learn about and see indoor and outdoor insects this Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, during their next open house. And I will be there so come down and visit with me!
The Bohart Museum is located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, UC Davis campus. The event is free and family friendly, with arts and crafts planned for adults and kids alike.
Read more about this event and other upcoming Bohart Museum activities in the
The UC Statewide IPM Program, which is a part of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is hiring for an Urban IPM Educator. This position is part of the Urban and Community IPM unit. Under the direction of the Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM, the Urban IPM Educator will support the urban IPM outreach and education program by coordinating activities, carrying out train-the-trainer educational programs, working with UC ANR academics and staff, developing materials, and delivering information to urban audiences throughout the state through a variety of mechanisms. The Educator participates in program planning and supports the efforts of the Associate Director to identify priorities, engage cooperators,...
Controlling weeds can be challenging, but UC IPM provides many resources to help home gardeners and landscape professionals.
The newly revised publication Pest Notes: Weed Management in Landscapes by Area IPM Advisor Cheryl Wilen, presents an integrated approach to weed management to help ensure weed control efforts are effective, environmentally-sound and economical. This science-based publication includes information on methods such as pre-planting considerations, the importance of weed identification, nonchemical practices such as using mulches and barriers, weed management recommendations in different types of...
Around this same time last year, I posted an article called "What's this sticky stuff on my car?".
Well, it's that time of year again when we see the sticky, messy drippings from many different kinds of trees that are infested with a honeydew-producing insect.
I won't repeat the information again, but we've been getting questions from the general public on the droplets and sticky messes they see on sidewalks, plant leaves, and their cars, so I figured it was worth sharing again.
The pests that make this mess will soon go away when the weather changes, but for now, read the article and learn what you can do to reduce the pest numbers and...