New York State IPM Program

Just Ask: Pests A to Z

Well … maybe not Z. Not this time around.

Bugs that infest your pantry or bite you at night … those intractable weeds … the rot on your peony blossoms — each is a pest. Even mildew (yes, mildew) is technically a pest.

It’s pretty when it first emerges in spring and its flowers make luscious honey. But this nonnative Japanese knotweed likes lots of room and isn’t shy about saying so. Not easy to get rid of.

Our IPM educators statewide are writing up their quarterly reports even as we speak. Here, culled from the first batch of reports to cross our collective virtual desktops, a list (in no particular order) of questions we fielded from walk-ins, emails, and phone calls:

  • asthma triggers, rodent burrowing, feral cat, exempt products, rodents, milk snakes, poison ivy, Japanese knotweed, voles, snakes, clothes moths, bedbugs, millipedes, mice, mouse traps, beetles, ticks, yellowjackets, toxic mold, jumping mice, pesticide laws, cat repellents, cockroach invasions, tiger mosquitoes, lone star ticks, deer ticks, 17-year cicadas, yellowjacket traps


Our educators are listing, too, their radio and TV interviews:

  • Fox News: Good Day New York
  • BBC Channel 5
  • CBS New York
  • Newsday Long Island
  • Heritage Radio NetworkIf we’re out giving a workshop or demo when your call comes in, start here for info on the creepy-crawlies in your world.

Author: Mary M. Woodsen

Pests and pesticides — both can cause harm. How can we protect ourselves the least-toxic way? IPM is the sound, sensible, science-based approach that works wherever you do. The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program develops and offers tested tactics for pests new and old, whether on farms, offices, orchards, schools, parks, vineyards, more.... Wherever you find pests, you find IPM.

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