The bagrada bug is a invasive species that resemble harlequin bugs. This paper shows signs to look for and shows some of the types of damage they cause. It also postulates that it's wide spreading, that it would establish itself as a permanent pest.
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.
In nature, termites function as decomposers that breakdown dead wood that accumulates in and on the soil. The beneficial products of this breakdown process are returned to the soil as humus. Drywood and subterranean termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood, causing more than $1.7 billion in damages and cost of control each year in the U.S. alone. Their presence in structures is seldom noticed until damage is discovered or the termites swarm within the building. Drywood termites are found in the southern tier of states, from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast, Arizona and into the coastal areas of California.
Spray Timing of Spiromesifen and Buprofezin for Managing Bemisia Whiteflies in Cantaloupes
This report discusses the efficacy of using Spiromesifen and Buprofezin to control whitefly population on melons and contains graphs and charts that help show the effectiveness of different rates of spraying.
Evaluation of fungicide application programs for management of powdery mildew on muskmelon, 2009
After a few ears of widespread use, some growers have noticed that some fungicides have become less effective. The objective of this field trial was to evaluate disease control efficiency of various fungicide treatment sequences, utilizing products with different modes of action that are registered for use on melon crops.
Cross-commodity Guidelines for Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Arizona
Authors: John C. Palumbo, Peter C. Ellsworth, Timothy J. Dennehy, Robert L. Nichols
This document outlines some of the guidlines for Neonicotinoids, which were relatively new at the time. The plans within the document aim to help keep Neonicotinoids as a cost efficient and effective form of whitefly management for the future.
Of the pests that affect desert melons, the Whitefly is the most damaging. It is polyphagous (feeds on multiple plants) and migrates into melons from surrounding crops and weed hosts. This document outlines some suggestions on how to manage the Whitefly.
Due to worldwide shortages of non-dormant alfalfa seed, production opportunities and acreage have increased recently in central Arizona. This article gives some suggestions regarding growing alfalfa for seed in Arizona.
Adult Egyptian alfalfa weevils (Hypera brunneipennis) are light brown with dark brown and grey markings down their backs and are about 0.2 inches long. This article discusses the damage that they cause, suggestions on controlling them, and when to treat for them.
The first sign of a potential alfalfa caterpillar (Colias eurytheme) outbreak is the influx of large numbers of yellow or white butterflies in late spring or early summer. This article discusses their biology, the damages they cause, types of control, and when to treat for them.
Beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) caterpillars are smooth skinned with few or no hairs on the body, may be olive green to almost black in color down the middle of the back, and have a yellow stripe on each side of the body. This publication details the Beet Armyworm. It's description, biology, damages it causes, and methods of controlling it are discussed.
Aphids feed in groups, often on the growing tips of plants. This article describes the complex of Aphids that can be found on alfalfa and discusses damages, monitoring, control, and when to treat for them.
Authors: Shujuan Li, Dawn H. Gouge, Shakunthala Nair, Alfred J. Fournier, Wesley E. Hall
Conenose Bugs are also known as kissing bugs, Triatomine bugs, Mexican bed bugs and the Wallapai tigers. Their bite is generally painless but can cause intense itching and tenderness may be experienced at the bite site. Identification, Biology and concerns they may cause towards human health are discussed.