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  • 'Super Sleuth' Solves the Mystery of the Dead Bees

    Added January 22, 2015
    Honey bee

    Originally published on the Bug Squad Blog on January 19, 2015 What's killing the honey bees?The email arrived in my UC Davis inbox at 9:10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8. An employee from the UC Davis Plumbing Shop wondered what was happening in front of the...

  • Benefits of Pesticide Use: In Relationship to the Emerald Ash Borer

    Added January 21, 2015
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    I often teach that there is a place for pesticides, especially when there are no effective alternatives. For instance, if you leave the aphids alone on your rose plants, they will eventually disappear due to the abundance of all the associated natural...

  • New Pesticide Resistance Online Course with Continuing Education Units

    Added January 8, 2015
    Insecticide resistance monitoring of fungus gnats in poinsettia production

    As frustrating as pests can be, there's nothing worse than finding a solution to that pest problem and rejoicing in your short term success, only to find that your "solution" is no longer doing the trick. In the pest control industry, this is called...

  • Keeping Insecticide Sprays on Target to Reduce Potential Spray Drift

    Added December 12, 2014

    Insecticides play an important role in pest management efforts in California, but it's very important to keep sprays on-target. Improper targeting or poorly maintained equipment can cause spray drift, which can result in unnecessary exposure to people,...

  • Biological Control of Fungus Gnats

    Added August 12, 2014
    Figure 2. Fungus gnat larvae.

    [From the July 2014 issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News] Fungus gnats are small flies that infest soil, potting mix, or plants grown in pots or containers (Figure 1). Your customers may complain about fungus gnats resting on...

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