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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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Spider Mite Scouting and Management in Vegetable Crops

Spider mites are technically not insects, but they are pests when they are in high numbers under many farming conditions... more

Tips for Managing Spring Insect pests

There are thousands of insects in residential ecosystems, most of which emerge in response to the weather, temperature in particular... more

Benefits of Irrigation from an IPM Perspective

Water management is one of the most critical issues in modern agriculture … Water... more

Educational Events in Alabama and the Southeast (Updated Weekly)

Year-round ACES training programs open to the public Private Pesticide Applicator Training Classes (Alabama Pesticide Education Program) http//www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/ Alabama Master... more

Slugs or Snails in Your Greenhouse or High Tunnel? What Do I Do?

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2018 Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series Recordings

These webinars aim at providing quick …... more

Multi-year Study of the High Tunnel Pest Exclusion System for Reducing Insect Pest Outbreaks

This report is an update regarding the high tunnel pest exclusion (HTPE) system …... more

Vegetable insecticide modes of action: An overview of chemical insecticides

Have you ever wondered how insecticides sold at various stores actually work … Why... more

What gardeners should know about organic insecticides!

Organic insecticides are critical tools to insect control, especially in the hot and humid south where insect pests never seem... more

Neem Insecticide Recall Updates

Updated on Nov 30, 2017) In June and July of 2017, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) tested and found... 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...