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Pests in the Urban Landscape

Lady Beetle Releases for Aphid Control in Gardens: Do They Work?

Convergent lady beetle consuming an aphid.

Many retail nurseries and garden centers sell lady beetles for controlling aphids in gardens and...

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Tags: aphid (4), lady beetle (2), ladybug (2), release (2)

New Video: How to Remove Dandelions

Dandelion removal video

Are you frustrated trying to pull out dandelions by hand? Do they just keep coming back? If so,...

Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Tags: dandelions (1), video (7), weeds (16)

Managing Psyllids in Landscapes

Acacia Psyllid

Psyllids are small insects that suck plant juices. Few of the over 140 native species of psyllids...

Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM
Tags: landscapes (2), Pest Notes (53), psyllids (1)

Brown Widows Get Foothold in Southern California

Figure 2. A mature adult female brown widow spider showing mottling. (R. Vetter)

[From the February 2013 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin newsletter] During the last 10 years, a...

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:31 PM
Tags: black widow (3), brown widow (1), spider (7)

Biological Fungicides: Do They Work and Are They Safe?

Powdery mildew in roses can be managed with foliar applications of the biofungicide Bacillus subtilis.

[From the April 2014 issue of the UC IPM Green Bulletin newsletter] The term biofungicide can have...

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Tags: biofungicide (1)

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