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by greg
on November 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM
I hope to get to travel westward to see some great attractions. With me being a pest control professional I am interested in insect museums, and even field work with insects I have not had to deal with in my area where I am an exterminator in Huntington WV
Reply by Stephen I Morse
on November 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM
My apologies for not responding to you earlier… at first I was somewhat stumped trying to think about how to respond to you, but finally I had an “aha” moment… so below are some ideas for “bug visiting” when in California…  
First… it’s great that you are into the blog from one of the various and many University of California instituions… definitely UC, and especially its agricultural interests are first and foremost the place to look for info about insects/bugs in California and much of the current info shows up on the various blogs… there are many… while it would appear that most of the usual info is agricultural oriented, there is plenty of info about community and household bugs as well… so I would direct you to the list of blogs found at  
Right at the top of the blog popularity is “Bug Squad” and right next to that blog on the page I’m looking at today is “Entomology & Nematology News” about insects eating styrofoam (“the clean up squad”) no less at the Bohart Museum at UC Davis. Or probably closer to your interests: “Pests in the Urban Landscape”. Definitely for museum types and knowledge, you want to visit UC Davis campus and the various insect exhibits,museums (Bohart), some bee exhibits, etc… depending upon your time of visit it could be quite entertaining and informative… Many of the other blogs by their titles and others as an important issue as well will report on various insects and their California problems.. usually their agriculture and economic impacts… but pests in the urban landscapes and homes, especially for urban gardens, etc. and termites and bed bugs are high on the list… unless the title of the blog is explicit you will probably have to try hit and miss to find pertinent info you are looking for… but a Google search does work. While we don’t have Japanese Beetles, we are seeing the continuing arrival of many pests normally thought of as “back East”, e.g., Bagrada, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, etc. UC is also the lead agency, along with the County Ag directors, guiding the state in the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Many PCAs advertise that fact (IPM) as well as being “organic”, e.g., “orange oil”, etc.  
If you do visit UC Davis, only about ½ hour drive away is Sacramento, the state capital, where the Department of Pesticide Regulation and the PCA and Structural Pest Control agencies reside that might interest you… they can all be found on the web.  
If you really want to get down to what insects are wherever you visit in California, I would suggest several avenues. First, you could try to contact the office of the County Ag Commissioner and see if you could get a run-down on insect activities in the County you are visiting (there will be significant differences within the state by county). It is my understanding they are also involved in PCA oversight from delegation from the State agency. That migh vary County by County, but their offices are almost always in the County Seat. They often have satellite offices in the bigger counties. I’d call ahead if you go that route.  
And the last venue I’d suggest at this time would be to Google “insect museums in California”. Up will come many museums that I’m not that familiar with, especially for insect collections, so I can’t give you specific recommendations, but I’m familiar with many of the institutions and most are 1st class. On my Google search, up came the Bohart Museum at UC Davis as #1. It is evident that many are oriented to be “natural history” type displays and that might be a clue if/when looking for interesting places.  
That’s it for now. If you think of further comments and/or questions that I might be able to help, please do not hesitate to ask.  
… and here’s hoping you have a great California visit…  
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by archaeologys
on November 5, 2018 at 11:13 AM
This is a great post…Thank you…Do you have any option to subscribe to your blog to get regular updates?
Reply by Steve I Morse
on November 5, 2018 at 12:09 PM
MGCC Blogs can be found at You can also subscribe to the Blog at There aren't very many "travel" garden blogs since these were posted. We're trying but haven't had any MGCC volunteers. If you subscribe to the blog, you will get an email notice early Monday a.m. about the new posted HOrT COCO blog and if the item interests you, you can "click" to the full article.  
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by Alice Morales
on December 2, 2018 at 7:35 AM
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Reply by Steve I Morse
on December 2, 2018 at 12:17 PM
thank you for the compliments... hope to have more of these garden travel blogs some day.  
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