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Pests in the Urban Landscape
  • Even naturally derived and organic materials can be pesticides. Like all pesticides, they should be used with caution to avoid harm to yourself, others, and the environment. Photo by Belinda Messenger-Sikes, UC IPM.
    Protect Yourself from Pesticides

    If you've used disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces in your home, an herbicide to control weeds in your garden, or insect repellents while on a hike, then you have used a pesticide. A pesticide is any material (natural, organic, synthetic, or even...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Protective covers or netting can keep pests off plants. In IPM this is an example of physical or mechanical control. Photo by Krystle Hickman, UC IPM.
    Sustainably manage pests using IPM!

    In February we recognize Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Black History Month, but did you know it is also IPM month?! Join us in celebrating by learning more about integrated pest management (IPM), how you can use it in your everyday life, and the...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Use the UC IPM Seasonal Landscape IPM Checklist for a list of pest prevention activities for each month.
    February Pest Prevention Tips

    Follow these general tips for the month of February to prevent pest in the garden and landscape. To view more tips specific to your region, visit the Seasonal Landscape IPM Checkliston the UC IPM website. Protect sensitive plants from freezing and...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator