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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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ADAI Inspection Report for Mobile, Washington, and Clarke Counties

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

Commercial Horticulture Webinar Recordings now Available!

Commercial Horticulture Extension Team and the Alabama Beginning Farmer Project organizes monthly webinars for providing …... 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

Vegetable IPM Videos for Self-Paced Learning

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

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

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

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

A detailed blog about moth activity and statewide distribution maps has been posted at https://sites.aces.edu/group/commhort/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=262 …... more

Hubbard trap crop protects yellow squash from insect pests!

This is going to be good news for conventional and organic squash producers … We... 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

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...