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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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General Report on Moth Activity across Alabama (June 23, 2016)

Welcome to another series of insect pest alerts based on information generated from the pheromone trap catches from 14 locations... more

Herbicide Applications in Hot, Dry Conditions

Herbicides will work best when a plant is actively growing, vigorously growing plants … Herbicide... more

Alabama Pest Scouting Report: Focus on Caterpillar Control in Vegetables (June 13, 2016)

Here is a report on insect pests seen during farm visits and scouting at research plots in the past week... more

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings with New Content!

The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team and Alabama Beginning Farmer Project is organizing monthly webinars for …... more

IPM Videos for Beginning Farmers

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

Insect Pest Trap Catches and Scouting Report – May 31, 2016

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

ADAI Inspection Reports for Mobile, Washington, and Clarke Counties

Inspection Report for May 9, 2016 Japanese beetles were seen in two traps on May 12 along Highway 43 in... more

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

This information is based on crop scouting on commercial farms and research stations in Central and South Alabama... more

High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System That Does Not Exclude Natural Enemies

The concept of High Tunnel Pest Exclusion (HTPE) system has been explained in many other articles listed at the end... more

Lounging lizards and other reptile run-ins

Over the last month my family and I have had several unexpected encounters with reptiles around my home... 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...