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...
New Release from CDFA:
SACRAMENTO, August 30, 2018 – A portion of Sacramento and Yolo Counties have been placed under quarantine for the Oriental fruit fly following the detection of 15 flies in and around the southern part of the City of Sacramento near the Lemon Hill community. The quarantine zone measures 123 square miles, generally bordered on the north by El Camino Avenue; on the south by Laguna Boulevard; on the west by the Sacramento River; and on the east by Bradshaw Road. A link to the quarantine map may be found here: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/off/regulation.html.
To prevent the spread of Oriental fruit flies through...
New! Vegetable Pest Identification cards
I'm excited to announce the brand new Vegetable Pest Identification for Gardens and Small Farms card set is available! This is a handy, quick reference that focuses on sustainable pest management for vegetables, melons, fruit trees, and other crops commonly grown in small-scale farms and backyard gardens.
The cards were compiled by Mary Louise Flint, Andrew Sutherland, and myself, and they cover common insect and mite pests as well as pathogens, nematodes, abiotic disorders, weeds, and vertebrate pests. You'll also find information on general predators, lady beetles, parasites, and...
Come visit me at the UC Davis Picnic Day event this Saturday April 21, 2018! The UC Statewide IPM Program sets up informational tables every year in the Entomology Department at Briggs Hall.
We will give out ladybugs (lady beetles), have preserved insects on display, showcase our publications and outreach materials, and be there to answer people's pest questions.
Stop by and say hello and check out all the fun activities and information UC IPM and the Entomology Department has to show you!