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  • Even naturally derived and organic materials can be pesticides. Like all pesticides, they should be used with caution to avoid harm to yourself, others, and the environment. Photo by Belinda Messenger-Sikes, UC IPM.
    Protect Yourself from Pesticides

    If you've used disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces in your home, an herbicide to control weeds in your garden, or insect repellents while on a hike, then you have used a pesticide. A pesticide is any material (natural, organic, synthetic, or even...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Protective covers or netting can keep pests off plants. In IPM this is an example of physical or mechanical control. Photo by Krystle Hickman, UC IPM.
    Sustainably manage pests using IPM!

    In February we recognize Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Black History Month, but did you know it is also IPM month?! Join us in celebrating by learning more about integrated pest management (IPM), how you can use it in your everyday life, and the...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Use the UC IPM Seasonal Landscape IPM Checklist for a list of pest prevention activities for each month.
    February Pest Prevention Tips

    Follow these general tips for the month of February to prevent pest in the garden and landscape. To view more tips specific to your region, visit the Seasonal Landscape IPM Checkliston the UC IPM website. Protect sensitive plants from freezing and...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Seedling on the right is wilting from postemergence damping-off. Photo by R. Michael Davis.
    Damping-off of Seedlings

    Springtime planting is almost here but don't rush to plant seeds until the soil has warmed up! Planting seeds too soon, when the soil is cold and wet, risks losing them to damping-off, a disease caused by fungi and oomycetes in the soil. Learn more about...


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • January IPM Tips.
    Pest Prevention Tips for Every Month

    Did you know that UC IPM has an online tool that provides month-by-month pest prevention and management tips? It's called the Seasonal Landscape IPM Checklist! You can select your region of California to view activities to do in the landscape each month....


    By Lauren Fordyce
    Author - Urban and Community IPM Educator
  • Female Oriental fruit fly laying eggs on a mango. Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS
    Invasive Pest Spotlight: Oriental Fruit Fly

    The invasive pest spotlight focuses on emerging or potential invasive pests in California. In this issue we are covering the Oriental fruit fly. Oriental Fruit Fly Facts The Oriental fruit fly (OFF) is an invasive pest that attacks over 230 crops...


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