The UC Statewide IPM Program is hiring a Pesticide Safety Writer to provide technical and administrative support to two programs: the Office of Pesticide Information and Coordination (OPIC) and the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).
The deadline to apply is September 19, so get your application in soon!
Pesticide Safety Writer
Location: UC ANR-Davis (Yolo County)
This position reviews pesticide recommendations in UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) pest management-related manuscripts, and analyzes conformity with state and federal law and the UC ANR Policy on Pesticides and Related Chemicals....
You may see leafhoppers in your garden or landscape this time of year as they hop about feeding on a variety of plants. You can distinguish these small, wedge-shaped insects from other pests by their tendency to quickly jump or crawl rapidly sideways when disturbed.
Leafhoppers are sucking insects that insert their mouthparts into plants and suck out plant juices and cell contents. Damage occurs during feeding, which typically results in leaves looking stippled (little white dots), bleached, pale, or brown, and plant shoots may curl and die. You may notice a sticky residue on the plants called honeydew, a waste product from when some species of leafhoppers feed. A fungus called sooty mold may grow on the honeydew, which can be...
We all have our favorite products, whether it's laundry detergent, shampoo, or a pesticide you know works against the pests in your home or garden. But what happens when a company changes the ingredients in a product? Does it work, smell, or lather differently?
You may visit a store looking for a pesticide product by name, not realizing that several popular pesticide brands have recently changed their active ingredients (the materials in pesticide products that actually...
Yellowjackets have a well-deserved reputation for being aggressive since they often sting when defending their nests or when they encounter people while out scavenging for food.
This time of year, yellowjacket colony populations are increasing, and people may encounter them more frequently. Some yellowjacket species live in underground nests and can be a problem to people mowing the lawn or to children playing on it. Other kinds of yellowjackets may live in between voids in walls and ceilings of houses, coming into contact with people who pass by.
Sometimes paper wasps are mistaken for yellowjackets, but these insects are much less aggressive and more easily dealt with.
If you have a wasp...
[From the Summer issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News]
When you use firewood in the great outdoors, be aware that moving firewood can transport tree-killing insects and diseases. Find out more at the following resources: