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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
  • 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
  • Asian giant hornet (Courtesy WA Dept of Ag)
    Murder Hornets! Everyone Calm Down

    First thing first: "murder" hornets, or more correctly, the Asian giant hornet, have NOT been found in California. The term murder hornet is also not quite accurate. It attacks honey bees, which isn't desirable of course, but the important thing to...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
Pests in the Urban Landscape
  • 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
  • Pecking damage by woodpeckers. [Credit: James Jay Farrar]
    Woodpeckers fact sheet updated

    Woodpeckers are well known, colorful birds often found in wooded neighborhoods and forested areas. While they are wild creatures many people appreciate, they can become a pest problem when they damage buildings in search of food and nest building...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect not yet found in California. [Credit: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org]
    CANCELED: Webinar This Thursday 4/21: Invasive pests!

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the webinar scheduled for April 21 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for another date. We apologize for the inconvenience. --- What are you doing the third Thursday of each month at noon? Joining UC IPM for our...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • D. Indian walking stick egg.
    Easter egg hunt 2022-- ANSWERS

    Below are the answers to our 2022 virtual Easter Egg hunt! How did you do? Brown widow spiders, a relative of black widow spiders, have egg sacs which are cream colored and spikey, compared to western black widow egg cases which are smooth. Find out...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor
  • A.
    Easter egg hunt 2022!

    It's that time of year again for UC IPM's semi annual Easter Egg hunt! Can you guess which insect, spider, or mollusk laid the eggs pictured below? These critters may already be hiding in your home, landscape, or garden! Leave a comment with your...


    By Karey Windbiel-Rojas
    Author - Associate Director for Urban & Community IPM/ Area Urban IPM Advisor