- Author: Robert M. Timm
[From the October 2013 issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News]
Is there such a thing as a deer-proof plant? Perhaps…but there are a variety of reasons deer may choose to ignore or consume specific plant species at a particular time and place.
Certain plants native to California (and elsewhere) have evolved natural defenses against being eaten by browsing mammals; some are toxic, some are distasteful, and some have thorns. However, in recent decades, we've modified California's suburban and semi-rural environments in ways that have provided deer with lots of.../span>
An army of leaffooted bugs attacking pomegranates, tomatoes or other plants in your garden can be quite disconcerting. They are large, long-legged bugs with a big appetite for fruits and seeds. After overwintering as adults in protected areas such as wood piles or outbuildings, they emerge to feed on seeds of winter weeds and then head out to farms and gardens in search of early season fruit and a place to lay eggs.
To learn more about identification, biology and management of these bugs, read the newly published Pest Note: Leaffooted Bugs authored by Chuck Ingels, UCCE Sacramento County and David Haviland, UCCE Kern County.
- Author: Karey Windbiel-Rojas
For many people, warmer weather means more time outside and more exposure to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can also transmit the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
Two new videos from UC IPM, “Don't let mosquitoes breed in your yard!” and “Protect yourself from mosquito bites” show how to keep yourself and your family from getting bitten and how to eliminate sites around your home where mosquitoes can breed.
Find out more on UC IPM's Mosquito page:
Are the leaves on your plant stippled or silvered and covered with small black dots of excrement? This damage could be caused by thrips, which are tiny, slender insects with fringed wings. Thrips may also pucker or gall leaves and scar flowers or fruit. There are many species of thrips. Some feed on a broad range of plant species, others specialize on a few plants, and still other species feed on insects or mites and are beneficial in landscapes and gardens. Managing thrips is challenging and requires an IPM program that relies on multiple strategies. Learn more about thrips and their management in a newly revised publication Pest Notes: Thrips authored by Jim...
Finding out that your house is infested with subterranean termites is among many homeowners' greatest fears. Mud-covered shelter tubes in the basement or crawl space may be the first sign that homeowners observe; these tubes allow termites to travel from the soil beneath the house to the wooden structure above. Or you may simply see swarms of winged termites in the spring or fall on a sunny day after rain. If you think you have a termite infestation, you need to call a professional for help. A newly revised Pest Note: Subterranean and Other Termites by Vernard Lewis, UC Berkeley, Andrew Sutherland, UC IPM, and Mike Haverty, UC Berkeley, provides information on...