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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: .

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 Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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