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Pests in the Urban Landscape

Rat Management in School and Community Gardens

Rat. (Credit: Niamh Quinn)

It is important for food-safety reasons to manage rats in school and community gardens. Rats and...

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:52 PM
Tags: diseases (8), garden (21), management (19), Quinn (10), rats (8), rodenticide (4), UC IPM (148), wildlife (5)

Oak Galls

Oak apple galls on valley oak. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

What are those curious, colorful, odd-looking growths you've seen growing on oak trees? Ever wonder...

Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Tags: cynipid (1), oak gall (1), UC IPM (148), wasps (1)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Seeing Japanese beetles in your California landscape? Not likely.

Japanese beetle (Credit: D. Cappaert, Bugwood.org)

Originally posted August 26, 2016; edited July 10, 2018 Have you seen big green beetles in your...

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Tags: beetle (9), CDFA (10), chafer (3), green (1), grubs (5), hoplia (2), Japanese (3), June (1), lawn (6), pests (49), UCIPM (63)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Summer Spider Sightings

Adult flower or crab spider. (Credit: Jack Kelly Clark)

When you see spiders in your garden, you may wonder if they can hurt you or your pets. The good...

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 9:27 PM
Tags: black widow (3), control (27), crab (1), garden (21), harmless (1), jumping (1), lynx (1), orb (1), pest (51), poisonous (1), spider (7), UC IPM (148), weaver (1), webs (1), wolf (1)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

Fipronil Labels Have New Restrictions

Diagram showing California fipronil label restrictions. (Credit: California Department of Pesticide Regulation)

New label changes will alter how fipronil is applied by pest management professionals (PMPs) in...

Posted on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Tags: applications (1), California (21), DPR (13), EPA (7), fipronil (2), label changes (1), law (3), perimeter (1), restrictions (1), UC IPM (148), UC Riverside (2)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management Yard & Garden

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