Integrated Pest Management
Successful IPM begins with correct identification of the pest. Only then can a selection of appropriate IPM methods and materials be made.
Lace Wing (Class Insecta, Order Neuroptera)
Do not squish the lace wing in any of its life cycle stages. It is a beneficial insect which attacks aphids and other harmful insects. Do not mistake the larva for a harmful "bug." For further information read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysopidae and http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/NE/green_lacewing.html If you click on the 4 individual photos at the IPM.ucanr website, you will see how the eggs are attached to vegetation and see the larva attacking an aphid. But you will have to go to the IPM.ucanr website to see these activities.
The Bees Are Swarming.
It was brought to our attention by MG Barbara Miller that honey bees have started to swarm. She had a swarm enter her yard recently. Swarming is a natural process in the life of a honey bee colony. Swarming occurs when a large group of honey bees leaves an established colony and flies off to establish a new colony, essentially creating two from one. Swarming is a natural method of propagation that occurs in response to crowding within the colony. Swarming usually occurs in late spring and early summer and begins in the warmer hours of the day. Swarming is common and not dangerous.
For more information, please see http://ipm.ucanr.edu/IPMPROJECT/2012/honey-bees_2012.html
The Aphids are back. Class Insecta, Order Hemiptera
Aphids seem to find their way into every garden. They are small, soft-bodied insects that feed by sucking the nutrient-rich liquids out of plants. In large numbers, they can weaken plants significantly, harming flowers and fruit. Aphids multiply quickly, so it’s important to get them under control before reproduction starts. Many generations can occur in one season.
For more information, management and control, go to http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7404.html
Are Foggers Effective?
Improper Use Can Cause Injuries
Fogger labels list the size of the space they are intended to treat but according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), overuse of foggers is common. Not only does overuse increase insecticide residue and exposure risk in the area, but the propellent used in foggers is flammable! Explosions can occur if pilot lights are not extinguished before use as instructed by the label.
For Safety, Follow the Label!
Baby It's Cold Outside
Watch for these intruders trying to come into your warm house from your garden.
To identify and eradicate this harmful insect, see
Healthier Environment/click to learn more