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Pest Notes for Home & Landscape
Annual Bluegrass: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Annual bluegrass is one of the most common weeds of turf, ornamental plantings, and gardens in the United States. Commonly referred to as "Poa," it is a particular problem in golf course greens and fairways.

Publication Number:: 7464
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Anthracnose: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Anthracnose, often called leaf, shoot, or twig blight, is a group of diseases found on many deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Some trees such as sycamore, ash, and evergreen elms can be noticeably blighted.

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Ants: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Ants are among the most prevalent pests in households.

Las hormigas están entre las pestes más predominantes en casas.

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Aphids: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects with long, slender mouth parts that they use to pierce stems, leaves, and other tender plant parts and suck out plant fluids. Small numbers are usually not damaging, but large populations can cause problems.

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Apple and Pear Scab: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Apple and pear scab, caused by the fungus Venturia inaequalis, is generally considered a serious disease of apples and pears in California, causing loss or severe surface blemishing of fruit.

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Asian Citrus Psyllid & Huanglongbing Disease: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
About the size of an aphid, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) can carry Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, which poses a serious threat to citrus trees grown in California's home gardens and farms. Learn to identify and manage this pest and the disease it carries.

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Avocado Lace Bug: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
A plant pest in California only since 2004, Avocado Lace Bug is a problem mostly in San Diego County where it damages the trees' leaves, eventually exposing the fruit to sunburn damage. Learn to recognize and manage this pest.

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Bagrada Bug: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bragrada bug, a stink bug native to Africa, is now found in Southern California where it attacks vegetables and mustards as well as sweet alyssum and other ornamentals. It is especially hard on mustard seedlings. Learn to recognize and manage this pest.

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Bark Beetles: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bark beetles, family Scolytidae, are common pests of conifers and some attack broadleaf trees.The species of tree attacked and the location of damage on the bark help in identifying the species present.

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Bats: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bats help with insect pest control, but there is a down side: they can carry parasites harmful to people, as well as rabies and other diseases. Learn how to encourage bats to nest and fly where they'll do the most good, and not too close to humans.

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Bed Bugs: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bed bug infestations have undergone a resurgence and can be found even in the finest hotel and living accommodations. Learn prevention methods and what to do if you bring this unwelcome guest home in your luggage.

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Bee and Wasp Stings: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Nearly everyone has been stung by an insect. It is an unpleasant experience that most hope not to repeat, and for most the damage is only temporary pain. A limited portion of the population is allergic or hypersensitive to bee or wasp stings.

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Bermudagrass: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is a plant that is grown as a turfgrass or as forage for livestock, but it also can be an invasive weed. It is found in most areas of California at elevations below 3,000 feet.

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Biological Control and Natural Enemies: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Biological control is the beneficial action of predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors in controlling pests and their damage. Learn to identify many of these remarkable natural helpers and encourage their useful work.

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Birds on Tree Fruits and Vines: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Wild birds are common, hungry visitors to backyard fruit and nut trees. Almonds and early ripening cherries are among the hardest hit, but most home fruit and nut crops are vulnerable. Learn how to keep these feathered friends out of your food supply.

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Black Scale: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Black scale causes economic damage to olive and citrus crops, and can also affect a large variety of fruit and nut trees and ornamental plants. Learn how to identify, manage, and control this insect pest.

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Bordeaux Mixture: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Bordeaux mixture is a fungicide and bactericide that can be used to control some diseases of tree fruits and nuts, vine fruits, and ornamentals. Its ability to weather rain and adhere to plants makes it an excellent choice as a winter fungicide.

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Boxelder Bug: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
The western boxelder bug (Boisea rubrolineata) is often a nuisance pest. They do not cause significant damage to landscape plants, and management need only be directed at keeping them out of homes, where they may become a nuisance.

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Brooms: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Scotch broom and other brooms are non-native shrubs that compete with California wildflowers. First planted by gardeners in the 1800s, brooms have since spread into wild areas. Learn to identify brooms and eliminate them from the landscape. Color photos.

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a nonnative pest introduced from Asia, possibly as early as the mid-1990s. Its feeding causes economic damage to a variety of fruits, nuts and ornamentals. Learn how to identify, manage, and control this insect pest.

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Brown Recluse and Other Recluse Spiders
The brown recluse is infrequently found in California. Yet people frequently relate stories in which a brown recluse in California bit them or someone they know. This publication was written in response to the confusion that exists regarding these spiders

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Burning and Stinging Nettles: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
Burning nettles and stinging nettles are aptly named plants that cause a painful rash when they contact human skin. They can be a nuisance or even a health hazard to hikers or outdoor workers. Learn to identify and manage these troublesome plants.

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California Ground Squirrel: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
The California ground squirrel, Spermophilus beecheyi, is one of the most troublesome pests to homeowners and gardeners. It is found in nearly all regions of California except for the Owens Valley southward into the desert regions.

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California Oakworm: Pest Notes for Home and Landscape
The California oakworm is one of many species of caterpillar that feed on oaks in California. Damage is most common on coast live oak in the San Francisco Bay area and Monterey Bay region; but outbreaks can occur in many parts of the state.

Publication Number:: 7422
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