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Free Publications

Many UC IPM printed publications are available online. You can read most directly from our Web site. All Pest Notes and Pest Management Guidelines are available as HTML versions and PDF files. See ordering information or order online from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) catalog.

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Pest Management Guidelines

The UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines (PMGs) are the University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and nonpesticide alternatives for managing insect, mite, nematode, weed, and disease pests in agricultural crops, floriculture and ornamental nurseries, and commercial turf. All PMGs can be viewed online. All are also available in PDF format. In addition, these two series are available from county UC Cooperative Extension offices and online from the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) catalog.

Spanish Language Pest Management Guidelines

Efficacy and Timing of Fungicides, Bactericides, and Biologicals

for Deciduous Tree Fruit, Nut, Strawberry, and Vine Crops

This 48-page University of California publication (PDF) lists properties and efficacy of registered and experimental fungicides; disease and pathogen names; and fungicide efficacy for tree fruit, nut, strawberry, and vine crops. This publication is updated annually.

Herbicide Resistance: Definition and Management Strategies

A herbicide ceases to be useful tool for farmers when its target weeds develop resistance to its effects. This publication helps you understand resistance: what causes it, and how you can slow or prevent its development. Authors: Timothy S. Prather, Joseph M. DiTomaso, and Jodie S. Holt. UC ANR Publication 8012. 14 pp. (PDF)

Integrated Pest Management for Small Grains Addenda

This 8-page collection of addenda, available free as a PDF, accompanies the manual, Integrated Pest Management for Small Grains. Updates to 20 pages, 4 tables, and 1 figure are included. A copy of the addenda is shipped free with each book purchase, or you can download the addenda online (PDF).

Keys to Lygus species

These two guides, published in 2003 and downloadable as PDFs from the ANR catalog, are used to identify the three species of Lygus reportedly found in agronomic crops in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California. Correct identification is a key to accurate research and pest control. Authors are Shannon C. Mueller, Charles G. Summers, and Peter B. Goodell.

  • A Field Key to the Most Common Lygus Species of the Central San Joaquin Valley

    The Field Key contains detailed explanations and descriptions of Lygus hesperus (western tarnished plant bug), the predominant species found in the valley; Lygus elisus Van Duzee (pale legume bug); and Lygus lineolaris Palisot de Beauvois (tarnished plant bug). UC ANR Publication 8104 (PDF). 12 pp.

  • Key Features of Common Lygus Species in the Central San Joaquin Valley

    Key Features, the companion and "quick guide" to the Field Key, shows the key features of these three Lygus species. UC ANR Publication 8105 (PDF). 4 pp.

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Home, Garden, Turf, & Landscape Pests

including Pest Notes and Quick Tips

University of California's official guidelines for monitoring techniques, pesticides, and nonpesticide alternatives for managing pests of ornamental trees, shrubs, fruit trees, nuts, berries, grapevines, and vegetables in urban settings. The section includes information from Pest Notes and The UC Guide to Solving Garden and Landscape Problems. Pest Notes are also available in PDF format, and some are available as Quick Tips (short summaries), with many Quick Tips in Spanish.

Easy On-Site Tests for Fungi and Viruses in Nurseries and Greenhouses

To manage a disease effectively, you have to determine which specific pathogens are present. This publication describes test kits that identify some common plant viruses and root and crown decay fungi. You can use kits to test for certain viruses affecting aboveground parts of virtually any plant. Authors: John N. Kabashima, James D. MacDonald, Steve H. Dreistadt, and Diane E. Ullman. UC ANR Publication 8002. 7 pp. (PDF)

Establishing Integrated Pest Management Policies and Programs

A Guide for Public Agencies

This publication, revised in 2003 and available in PDF, provides step-by-step processes for developing a written IPM policy, establishing procedures appropriate for individual agencies, and responding to employee resistance to changes. Adoption of a written IPM policy provides public agencies with an effective way to respond to public concerns about health and environmental problems associated with pesticides or other pest control methods. A written policy also helps organize decision-making in an agency so the safest effective procedures are systematically followed and each employee's role in a pest management program is clarified. Authored by M. L. Flint, Sheila Daar, and Richard Molinar, this guide also includes a list of resources for integrated pest management information. UC ANR Publication 8093. 13 pp.

Meet the Beneficials: Natural Enemies of Garden Pests

This poster shows many of the beneficial insects that prey on plant pests. (2 MB PDF)

Pesticide safety and training

Understanding Pesticide Labels for Making Proper Applications

These pocket-sized laminated cards are intended to help pesticide handlers, applicators, safety trainers, and pest control advisers (PCAs) make safe and legal pesticide applications. The cards explain when to read the label, describe what kind of information can be found in each section of a pesticide label, and point out specific instruction areas so that applicators can apply pesticides safely and avoid illegal pesticide residues. Bound with a spiral coil, this eye-catching instructional card set was designed for both English-speakers and when flipped over, for Spanish-speaking audiences as well. 31 cards.

English (3.6 MB PDF)
Spanish (3.6 MB PDF)

WPS Training for Fieldworkers

Teaching Workers How to Protect Themselves from Pesticide Hazards in the Workplace

This 95-page instructor's manual (PDF) is designed to be used with the video Protecting Yourself From Pesticide Hazards in the Workplace. The manual provides instructors with ideas and examples of interactive activities to increase comprehension of the pesticide-related workplace hazards and ways that workers can avoid these hazards. The video and accompanying activities cover all the points that must be addressed when conducting Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training for fieldworkers. Printing this PDF file will provide you with a camera-ready version of the booklet, suitable for copying. Copies of the video have been provided to each state pesticide regulatory agency and Cooperative Extension Service pesticide safety education coordinators.

Reducing Pesticide Risks

an interactive program for training pesticide handlers

This 113-page instructor's manual (2.9 MB PDF) is designed to be used with the video Reducing Pesticide Risks: An Interactive Program for Training Pesticide Handlers.

This is a five-episode story about a farm owner and a recently hired employee. It portrays their discussions on pesticide illnesses and injuries. Topics include how to protect yourself when you handle pesticides, how to safely handle pesticides and their containers, how to apply pesticides safely, and how to clean up after handling pesticides. Printing this PDF file will provide you with a camera-ready version of the booklet, suitable for copying. Copies of the video have been provided to each state pesticide regulatory agency and Cooperative Extension Service pesticide safety education coordinators.

Sewer Line Root Control

This publication provides information for those who use or supervise the use of restricted-use pesticides for controlling roots in sewer lines. This is the recommended study guide for the Sewer Line Root Control category of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR) Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL) examinations. 


Green Bulletin

This newsletter focuses on specific practices and information that landscape and structural pest management professionals can incorporate into their daily work to manage pests effectively while reducing pesticide runoff and other environmental problems.

Retail Nursery & Garden Center IPM News

This newsletter was created for retail nursery and garden center employees, managers, and owners to help them provide customers with the latest environmentally sound pest information from the University of California.

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