As you practice social distancing during COVID-19, you may find yourself spending more time in the garden. As we move into nice weather, we are sharing a few gardening tips for pest management.
Turn your compost piles and maintain proper moisture. Keep compost bins covered, especially during April showers to avoid sogginess. Covered compost bins can be especially important in urban areas to exclude rodents and other wildlife. Read more about composting on our website.
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The sight of deer in the wild can be delightful but when these animals invade your garden, devouring everything in sight, people's ideas might change. The internet is full of advice for ridding your garden of deer, but beware, much of it is ineffective.
In the newly revised Pest Notes: Deer, author and retired Wildlife Specialist Robert Timm, shares detailed deer management methods proven by UC research to be effective. Pest management works best when you understand the pest's biology and behavior, so new information about the range of the different deer...
World Migratory Bird Day (May 10) is a yearly event to help promote awareness about migratory birds and their habitats. The campaign celebrates the migration of birds across countries and continents and focuses on their conservation.
However, during their migration, these birds may cause problems for occupants in urban areas. The birds may nest in colonies on buildings and other structures and their activities can be a nuisance.
Laws that Protect Birds
If migratory bird activities are causing issues in your building, make sure you know the law before you take any action. Certain birds that nest on dwellings may be protected under the/h2>
- Author: Anne Schellman
This summer, the media frequently reported an increase in the density of pests in the home and landscape. The drought has been cited as the cause of these problems. Pest control companies quoted in articles confirm that the demand for their services is much higher this year than in years past.
Many people are asking, “Why are there so many more pests this year than usual?” According to Dr. Andrew Sutherland, the urban Integrated Pest Management Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area, we are asking the wrong question. “The overall abundance of pests probably hasn't changed and may even have decreased as compared to wet years. The real questions we should be asking are ‘Why are these pests appearing earlier...
Summer is in full gear and along with warm weather comes the abundance of some seasonal insect pests such as flies. Of the thousands of fly species, only a few are pests in and around the home, the most common one being the house fly.
Flies can carry bacteria and viruses that cause conditions such as diarrhea and food poisoning. House flies pick up disease agents while feeding on materials like feces and then deposit them onto human food after contact with or feeding on human food.
The best way to deal with house flies is to use a combination of exclusion and sanitation practices. While humans commonly find adult flies to be the most bothersome life stage, the larval stage is the best target for management efforts....