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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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Protect Yourself from Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Alabama has had its first case of Chikungunya virus this year. Carried by mosquitoes, the disease is found in Africa,... more

Growing Organically Workshop - July 10th

Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers AssociationIPM Communicator: Miscellaneous … Home and Garden: Home PestsHome... more

Kudzu Bugs No Match for Old Man Winter’s Persistence

by James Langcuster on 3/11/2014 9:22 AM … If Old Man Winter deserves credit... more

Fire Ant Control Products For Home Vegetable Production

Fire ants can be controlled in home vegetable gardens. This publication should help you find fire ant control products that... more

​KUDZU BUG CONTROL IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS

The Kudzu bug is an invasive pest species from Asian and was first reported in Georgia in 2009. In late... more

Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter Issue#6

​Welcome to another issue of the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter – a special publication on pest management and sustainable agriculture.... more

Certified Horticultural Retailer Trainings Planned for May

Spring is usually a busy time in the state’s garden centers. Customers are buying plants, but they are also... more

Spotted Wing Drosophila

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an insect that has … caused problems for... more

Alabama IPM Communicator Issue 8

Welcome to another issue of the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter – a special publication on pest management and sustainable agriculture.... more

Alabama IPM Communicator Issue 7

Welcome to another issue of the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter – a special publication on pest management and sustainable agriculture.... 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...

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