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What's biting (or bothering) me?! Find out at workshop

IPM experts tackle springtime household pests during free webinar

This is a carpenter ant, which can be found in tree stumps,
firewood, fence posts, hollow doors or window frames.
(Photo by Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy UC IPM)

It’s a common spring refrain: What’s eating my garden?! That’s coupled with an equally common complaint: What’s biting me?!

Find out during an informative webinar presented by the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Set for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20, “Springtime Household Pests” will look at the many bugs and other critters that may invade our homes this time of year. People may be familiar with ants and roaches, but they’re only part of a parade of potential pests. Conditions right now are particularly bad (from a people perspective) for invasive mosquitoes.

“This webinar will cover identification and management of pests encountered in the home during springtime, including carpet beetles, fleas and fungus gnats associated with houseplants,” according to the UC IPM team.

Dr. Andrew Sutherland, the urban IPM adviser for the San Francisco Bay Area, will present the 1-hour workshop, focusing on pests most common in California. Registration is free, but required to get the link and password. Find link and details here:
https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucipm-community-webinars/ .

This webinar is part of a new monthly series presented by UC IPM experts at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

Next up at 1 p.m. June 17: “IPM for Rodents.” Learn how to outsmart Norway rats, roof rats, mice and other common rodents – maybe even squirrels!

Use the same registration link for details.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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