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Extension works with homeowners and gardeners to identity the safest, most cost-effective most environmentally ways to deal with home and gardening pests, animal control issues and plant diseases.

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Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings now Available!

IPM Communicator: Diseases;#IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#IPM Communicator: Production Systems;#IPM Communicator: Weeds;#Vegetable Pest Management …... more

Crucifer Crop IPM Scouting Report: Watch For Yellowmargined Leaf Beetles And Caterpillars

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#Vegetable Pest Management … This information is based on crop scouting... more

High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System That Does Not Exclude Natural Enemies

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#IPM Communicator: Beneficial Insects … The concept of High Tunnel Pest... more

Vegetable IPM Videos for Self-Paced Learning

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#Vegetable Pest Management … Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to... more

Lounging lizards and other reptile run-ins

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Forestry Articles;#Forestry/Wildlife Meetings;#Wildlife Articles... more

Pheromone trap catches for major insect pests (peanut and vegetable crops) – September 8, 2015

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#Vegetable Pest Management … Beet armyworms (BAW):  Has 5-6 generations in the... more

Watch for caterpillars on late-planted and cool season vegetable crops!

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#Vegetable Pest Management … A detailed blog about moth activity and statewide... more

Hubbard trap crop protects yellow squash from insect pests!

IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#Vegetable Pest Management … This is going to be good news for... more

Pheromone trap catches for major insect pests (peanut and vegetable crops) – August 17, 2015

Beet armyworms (BAW): Has 5-6 generations in the south … Host plants include bean, corn,... more

Alabama Vegetable Insect Pest Scouting Report - June 29, 2015

IPM Communicator: Beneficial Insects;#IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#IPM Communicator: Production Systems;#Vegetable Pest Management … Caterpillar... more


Garden Bugs

Vegetable Garden

The best way to manage insect pests in the home vegetable garden is to use a combination of strategies, including cultural, mechanical, and biological controls. Organic gardeners rely totally on nonchemical methods. Most home gardeners can tolerate some insect damage on their vegetables; consequently, they are able to use many nonchemical control strategies that can reduce, but not always eliminate, insect damage. Home gardeners not opposed to using chemicals may use chemical controls when nonchemical methods do not provide sufficient levels of control.

Modern pest management relies on “planning before planting” rather than responding to a pest problem after it has occurred. For example, you can prevent many insect pest problems by using what you know about the pest to make the vegetable planting less suitable for pest development. This could mean planting early to avoid high pest numbers that occur late in the season.

Correct identification of insect pests infesting the vegetable garden is critical so you can develop a management plan. Equally important is recognition of beneficial insects. Your county Extension agent can help you identify pests and develop management strategies for specific pest and crop situations. more...