Western flower thrips are major pests to lettuces, cabbage, and spinach because of the damage they cause to these plants. This article describes their development, Economic Damage, and suggestions for their management.
Why Pesticide Application Notifications in Schools are Important – February 2016
Featuring Pesticide Application Notification in Schools and Zika Virus. Children are particularly susceptible to pesticide exposure, so it is important to be be careful in your application. The Zika virus can be spread by mosquito.
This article gives a description of the seed corn maggot, which commonly attacks the seeds of spring melons. The type of damage that often occurs is described, along with several management tips to help reduce the population and risk from these maggots.
Aphid Management in Desert Produce Crops - January 2016
A chart detailing various insecticides and the efficacy against different species of Aphids. Each insecticide is rated at Good, Fair, and Poor, and is shown for each listed Aphid species. There is also a brief note for each of the insecticides.
Mosquitoes: Biology and Integrated Mosquito Management
Authors: Dawn H. Gouge, Shujuan Li, Kathleen Walker, Chris Sumner, Shaku Nair and Carl Olson
Mosquitoes are the most important insect pests that affect
the health and wellbeing of humans and domestic animals
worldwide. They can cause a variety of health problems
due to their ability to transfer (vector) viruses and other
disease-causing pathogens, even in the arid Southwest U.S.
Remain Calm: Kissing Bugs Are Not Invading The US – January 2016
Featuring Kissing Bugs. They have been here for 12,000 years probably longer. They are not invading. It discusses: Are you at risk in the US and what can you do to Avoid these Bugs. Bed bugs are also discussed.
The Contribution of Arizona’s Vegetable and Melon Industry Cluster to the State Economy
Authors: Kerna, A., D. Duval, G. Frisvold, A. Uddin
Vegetables and melons are an important part of the Arizona agricultural economy. While a common way of assessing the size of an industry is the value of its cash receipts, receipts do not fully capture the economic contributions of vegetables and melons to the state economy.
Pest Abundance on Desert Produce and Melon Crops in 2015
This document contains a number of charts and graphs detailing information relating to the abundance of Whitefly, Bagrada bugs, Beet Armyworm, Cabbage Looper, and Corn Earworm. There are also a few figures relaying temperature information.
A five year study was conducted with the goal of identifying planting windows during the season when lettuce is at risk from aphid infestations. The studies indicate that planting date and temperature likely have a strong influence on seasonal abundance of aphids.
This documents contains an in depth guide to identifying Aphids most commonly found in Arizona produce. There are many images present to aid in identification. Aphid types include: Lettuce Aphid, Foxglove Aphid, Green peach Aphid, and Potato Aphid.
Recent outbreaks of cowpea aphid in alfalfa are more than a local phenomena. Large populations of cowpea aphids have been reported throughout Arizona. The reason behind these outbreaks are unknown. This article hopes to bring some insight by discussing the cowpea aphid, the damage it causes, and suggestions on controlling it.
Head Lice: Identification, Biology, and Integrated Pest Management
Authors: Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Dawn H. Gouge, Shaku Nair, Al Fournier and Mike Wierda
The head louse is a tiny insect that can crawl rapidly across the scalp, but cannot fly or jump. Tips are given for identification. Then management and removal of head lice is discussed in great detail. Suggestions for policies and control measures in schools are given.
A chart detailing various insecticides and the efficacy against Lepidopterous Larvae. Each insecticide is rated at Good, Fair, and Poor, and is shown for Beet armyworm, Cabbage looper, and Corn earworm respectively. There is also a brief note for each of the insecticides.
In the lower elevation desert of Arizona, the warm-season turfgrasses (bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and St. Augustinegrass) become dormant and typically lose their green color during winter. Overseeding bermudagrass with a cool-season grass provides a yearlong green lawn. This article gives some suggestion on how to achieve that outcome.
Wait wait…it’s really too late! Late season control of summer annual grassy weeds in turf
If weeds establish themselves early in the spring, it may still appear as though nothing is wrong during the summer months. When fall comes around it may only then be then that the problem becomes noticeable.
Resources to Promote, Practice & Expand School IPM in the West
Featuring School IPM and Fig Beetles. Both pests and pesticides are potentially harmful to kids and adults in schools. IPM programs can help lower some of the risks. Fig
Beetles feed on fruit. Management recommendations are given.
Court Opinion on Sulfoxaflor with relation to Bees
This is a document from the United States Court of Appeals. This case is a challenge to the EPA’s approval of insecticides containing sulfoxaflor, which initial studies showed were highly toxic to honey bees