Applying the wrong amount of pesticide can result in poor control if not enough is used; too much being applied can lead to waste and possibly illegal usage. If pest control is insufficient, the end result might be a second application that will be more expensive due to the cost of labor involved. If the pesticide is overused, the cost of the extra material is one consideration, but there might also be plant damage and a higher risk of pesticide moving off-site in runoff or leaching into groundwater.
In addition to reading the label carefully and making sure that pesticides are not washed off into storm drains, the applicator must be sure equipment is properly calibrated so that the proper amount of pesticide is applied. Poor...
- Author: Dong-Hwan Choe
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The 24th Annual UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conference will be held at UCR Extension on March 25, 2015. This one-day conference, primarily targeting urban pest management professionals, has been one...
[From the December 2014 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin]
In August 2012, we wrote about the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in UC IPM's Green Bulletin newsletter. At that time, ACP was found only in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. It has since been detected in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Kern, and Tulare counties, and in the last three months has been found in San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties (Figure.../span>
[From the December 2012 issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News]
After decades of relative obscurity, bed bugs (Figure 1) are exhibiting a global resurgence. In the United States, the Northeast and Midwest regions have been considered bed bug hot spots, with the highest reported incidence, but California has recently experienced a multitude of bed bug reports, with Sacramento experiencing the largest increase in requests for bed bug management services in the country in 2013. Causes for this resurgence may include increased global traffic and commerce, insecticide.../span>
The UC IPM Web site offers several free online training courses for landscape and structural pest management professionals on topics including integrated pest management, pesticides and water quality, herbicides, pesticide equipment, and calibration. These courses offer continuing education units that satisfy the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), the Structural Pest Control Board, or both.
Another course is designed to prepare you to take the DPR Maintenance Gardener Category Q Qualified Applicator Certification (QAC) exam.
You'll also find links to two free online training courses for retail nursery and garden center employees. These courses are ideal for employees or Master Gardeners who answer...