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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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Educational events in Alabama and the Southeast (updated weekly)

Long-term ACES educational programs open to a wide range of audience Private Pesticide Applicator Training Classes (Alabama Pesticide Education Program)... more

Pest update for peanut and vegetable producers – July 14, 2017

This report is based on sticky wing pheromone trap catches and direct crop scouting, along with input from producer calls... more

Pest update for peanut and vegetable producers – June 30, 2017

Welcome to another series of insect scouting reports and pest alerts based on information generated from pheromone trap catches, producer... more

EPA approves Section 18 exemption for control of sugarcane aphid on sweet sorghum

On June 12, the EPA granted an exemption for the use of flupyradifurone (Sivanto Prime) insecticide for use on... more

Citrus greening detected in Alabama

USDA APHIS PPQ has confirmed the first detection of citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing, HLB) in Alabama from foliage samples collected... more

Safe, Smart Pesticide Use

Summer has arrived in full force with rising temperatures, which means pests may start causing problems in our gardens and... more

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings - 2017 Series

The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team organizes webinars for providing quick updates to …... more

Early emergence of insects expected due to unseasonable warm winter and spring

But we are experiencing earlier-than-normal pest emergence, due to the above-average late winter and early spring temperatures... more

Termite swarming season begins - ready for house insepction to prevent and/or control termite infestation

The spring weather this year has been in favor of termite swarming … Two... more

IPM Videos for Beginning Farmers

Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to a large variety of audience through multiple communication channels... 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...