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Pests in the Urban Landscape

Masked bandits in the landscape

A juvenile raccoon.

Most people recognize raccoons and their distinctive black “mask” over the eyes and...

A juvenile raccoon.
A juvenile raccoon.

A juvenile raccoon. [Photo by L. Fitzhugh.]

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Tags: Pest Notes (64), raccoon (1)

Getting the Best Results with Yellowjacket Traps

Figure 1. The western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica

With the onset of warm weather and outdoor eating, expect an increase in yellowjacket activity...

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM
Tags: Pest Notes (64), traps (6), yellowjacket (1)

Using solar tents to inactivate invasive weed seeds

Graphic by Cynthia Stapleton, adapted from Journal of Pest Science 85:17-21

In the backyard or in the wild, roguing (selectively pulling or cutting weed plants) and herbicide...

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Author: James Stapleton
Tags: solar tents (1), solarization (2), weeds (21)

Leaffooted Bugs: An Increasing Problem in Gardens

Fig. 3. Leaffooted bug nymphs on Hesperaloe parviflora.

[From the July 2014 issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News] In recent years,...

Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Tags: leaf-footed (1), leaffooted (4), pest (74), Pest Notes (64), Pomegranates (2), tomato (3)

Traps and barriers for keeping pests out

An assortment of traps and barriers are available at retail nursery and garden centers.

[From October 2013 issue of the Retail Nursery and Garden Center IPM News.] Traps and physical...

Applying sticky material can keep crawing insects such as ants out of trees.
Applying sticky material can keep crawing insects such as ants out of trees.

Applying sticky material can keep crawing insects such as ants out of trees.

A sticky glue trap.
A sticky glue trap.

A sticky glue trap.

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Tags: barriers (1), prevent (1), traps (6)

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