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They don't know they are weeds

As weed practitioners and researchers we work in a field of ‘us vs. them.' There are the plants we want and those we don't. Good weed management can help to ensure a profitable harvest, too many weeds can cause poor establishment in a native plant...

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Tags: anger (1), bias (1), invasive (33), jargon (1)

'Bee Man' Norm Gary: Still Smokin'

Emeritus professor of apiculture Norm Gary (left) and Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist emeritus, pose with Gary's 70-year-old smoker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's not every beekeeper who can say they've owned--and used--a smoker for 70 years. "Bee Man" Norman Gary can. And he displayed it at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held recently at UC Davis. Gary, who initiated and...

Raccoons

Juvenile racoon. (L. Fitzhugh)

Raccoons may look adorable at times, but when this nocturnal animal appears in your yard at night, its “cuteness” factor quickly disappears. Raccoons normally live in natural areas, but they can easily adapt and survive in urban settings...

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:52 AM
Tags: damage (7), disease (18), parasites (4), pests (42), raccoons (1), UC IPM (107)

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Control?

Fig 1. Adult and nymph bed bugs. (D.-H. Choe)

[From the Summer issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News] Don't let the bed bugs bite? That's easier said than done, it seems. Bed bugs (Figure 1) continue to be important household pests globally, driving a growing sector of the...

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:33 AM
Tags: bed bugs (18), bug bomb (1), control (21), infestation (4), insecticides (2), interceptor (1), mattress encasements (1), monitor (2), pesticide (9), pests (42), Sutherland (7), UC IPM (107)

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