I enjoy sharing backyard citrus and produce as much as anyone. Unfortunately, as backyard citrus trees start to overflow with their bounty and we are of course in the giving and sharing spirit, I have to remind everyone who lives in certain parts of Sacramento County that the Oriental fruit fly quarantine is still in place.
I called the California Department of Food and Agriculture today to check on this, and they responded that no, the quarantine has not yet been lifted and may not be for several more months.
The Oriental fruit fly is an invasive insect pest that can cause...
My blog called "Urban Pest News" sounded too boring so I decided yesterday to change the name to "Community Pest News". Maybe still not very exciting, but there you have it!
I'll still be updating you with news and information about pests and issues around Sacramento, Yolo, and Solano counties as well as announcements about new or updated resources from the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM).
Thank you for reading my blog and please share with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
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...