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Reduce Soil Pests with Sunlight

Clear plastic is laid over planting beds to elevate soil temperatures. (Credit: K Windbiel-Rojas)

Soil solarization is a method home gardeners and farmers can use to manage soilborne pests such as weeds, disease pathogens, nematodes and insects. Solarization can reduce help reduce pesticides used to control these pests. Soil solarization is...

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:38 AM
Tags: control (37), disease (30), garden (27), heat (1), IPM (54), management (26), pest management (18), Pest Notes (58), pests (52), soil (3), solarization (2), Stapleton (2), UC IPM (189), weeds (19)

Brown Recluse Spiders? Not in California!

Adult brown recluse spider, <i>Loxosceles reclusa</i>. (Credit: R Vetter)

If you were to ask an audience of more than a few people if they or anyone they know has ever seen or been bitten by a brown recluse spider in California, many hands would be raised. This is quite remarkable because the brown recluse spider has NEVER...

Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:20 PM
Tags: bite (10), brown recluse (2), california (26), pest management (18), spider (9), UC IPM (189)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Gardening books on sale!

Vegetable Pest Identification cards

Spring is here and so are the pests. The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources has the books that can help you learn about the insects, diseases, wildlife, and weeds that might be causing problems in your garden or...

Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:32 PM
Tags: books (1), garden (27), gardening (3), home (3), identification (4), landscape (25), pest (73), UC IPM (189), wildlife (7)

Bees on the Baseball Field

Sign for fans. (Photographer unknown)

It's not often that we get to mix baseball and pests in our blog, but today we learned that the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds game was delayed by almost 20 minutes due to swarming bees. You can read different takes on this story from the...

Honey bees are beneficial pollinators. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)
Honey bees are beneficial pollinators. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

Honey bees are beneficial pollinators. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:48 PM
Tags: bees (4), Cincinnati (1), control (37), delay (1), Giants (1), MLB (1), pesticides (21), Reds (1), swarm (1), UC IPM (189)

Answers: It's a Trap!

Pheramone trap for Indian meal moths (Credit: CA Reynolds)

Here are the answers to the traps pictured in yesterday's blog post. How did you do? Let us know in the comments section. As long as you use integrated pest management when seeking to fend off your pest enemies, you can be assured that...

Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Tags: Asian citrus psyllid (28), clothes moths (5), ground squirrel (6), IPM (54), management (26), pest (73), pest management (18), Pest Notes (58), pests (52), traps (5), tree squirrel (5), UC IPM (189), yellowjackets (4)

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