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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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Grower and Ag Professional Training Events (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

Know the Farming Basics: Take the Online Course Today!

The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program is now offering the "Farming Basics" online curriculum as a self-paced learning system for beginning... more

Organic Insecticide Rotations for Vegetable Production

Whether you are a conventional or an organic vegetable producer, an integrated pest management or IPM strategy for the modern... more

Organic Insecticide Tank-mixes For Vegetable Production

Whether you are a conventional or an organic vegetable producer, an integrated pest management or IPM strategy for the modern... more

2018 Commercial Horticulture Webinar Series Recordings

These webinars aim at providing quick …... more

Pest of the fall - Stink bug set for home invasion

It is that time of year again for football games and cool and crisp air, watching color- changing leaves, smelling... more

Fall is to bring more aggressive wasps and hornets in Alabama

Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … Auburn, Alabama -- Fall is the peak... more

Horse fly: pest behavior and control strategies

Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … Horse fly can be any member of... more

Worms on My Tomatoes!

Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … (Mallory Kelley, Home Grounds REA) ​Scouting and... more

Fall flea surge: control fleas indoors and outdoors

Fleas are some of the most annoying biting pests known to man and pets …... 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...