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Urban IPM in Yolo, Sacramento, and Solano counties

Welcome

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This is the web page of Karey Windbiel-Rojas, Area Urban Integrated Pest Management Advisor for UC Cooperative Extension serving Sacramento, Yolo, and Solano counties.

For information on various home, garden, turf, and landscape pests, please visit the UC Statewide IPM Program web site to find specific science-based pest management information.

If you have home or garden pest questions, contact your local UC Master Gardener office by visiting their web site or help line:

Yolo County or call (530) 666-8143
Sacramento County or call (916) 876-5338
Solano County or call (707) 784-1322

You can also find UC Master Gardeners offices in other counties at http://mg.ucanr.edu/FindUs.

Contact information:
2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 750-1241 (office)
(916) 291-7791 (cell)
kwindbiel@ucanr.edu

 

 

 

 

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Urban Pest News
  • TLE-2022-Karey-Windbiel-Rojas-062322
    Organic Herbicides presentation on June 23

    For anyone interested in how organic herbicides compare to glyphosate in turf and landscape situations, come join this live webinar on June 23 at 11:00 PST. I will present data from recent research trials and discuss considerations for using organic...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • California ground squirrel
    Squirrels: Topic for Webinar on May 19

    If you are battling with ground squirrels or tree squirrels around your home or property, join us on Thursday, May 19 at noon for UC IPM's one-hour seminar on Squirrels! Dr. Niamh Quinn, UC ANR's Human-Wildlife Interaction Advisor in Orange, Los Angeles,...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • Before and after hosing aphids off with water. [Credit: K. Windbiel-Rojas]
    Hose off those aphids!

    I've been hearing people say the aphids are really bad this year. While we can't confirm whether that is true, I know my roses are covered! There are many ways aphids can be controlled in the garden and landscape. Naturally occurring insects such as lady...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • Invasive pests.
    Invasive pests: Stopping the Spread

    Invasive pests threaten California's natural environments, agricultural production, structures, landscapes and gardens, causing billions of dollars of damage to our agricultural systems and natural areas each...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • Infographic on disinfectants from National Pesticide Information Center.
    Using Disinfectants Correctly

    Many people have increased their use of disinfectants and sanitizers due to the COVID-19 crisis. It is important to use these products correctly to ensure they are effective and to protect one's health. See the infograph below from the National Pesticide...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
Pests in the Urban Landscape
  • Blooming Bermuda buttercup next to a residential fence.
    Weeds in Landscape Plantings

    [Originally featured in the Winter 2022 Issue of UC IPM's Green Bulletin Newsletter] Weeds can be a problem in any landscaped areas including around trees, shrubs, flower beds, or lawns and turf. As we move from cool weather to warmer temperatures, you...


  • Emerald ash borer. Photo by Howard Russell, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
    Important Invasive Species Updates

    Invasive pest species threaten California's natural environment and can have an impact on public health. Help spread the word about these invasive species and how to limit their introduction, spread, and harm. Learn to recognize these pests and...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
    By Lauren Fordyce
    Editor - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • A flooded backyard in Elk Grove, Calif. following exceptional amounts of rain in January. Taking steps to improve drainage and reduce water damage following flooding is crucial to the health of your plants and lawn. Photo credit: Erica Schroepfer, used with permission.
    How to Care for Flood and Water-Damaged Plants

    [Originally published on the UC Master Gardener Program Statewide Blog on January 10, 2023] Proper irrigation and drainage are critically important for the health of plants and trees. But what happens when Mother Nature throws an atmospheric...


    By Melissa G. Womack
    Author - Communications Specialist III
    By Missy Gable
    Author - Director
    By Lauren Fordyce
    Posted by - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Credit: Steve Garner, Flikr.
    Wet Weather Dos and Don'ts

    An immense amount of rain has fallen across California in recent weeks. While rain is incredibly beneficial, in excess it can cause serious problems. The continued wet conditions opens the door for many pests, so see the list of dos and don'ts below...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • IPM with Diego graphic.
    IPM with Diego: New UC IPM YouTube Series

    Check out UC IPM's new YouTube series IPM with Diego! These short videos are presented from the viewpoint of Diego, a teenager who is not an expert in pest management. However, he explains basic integrated pest management concepts using...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator