Diane Alston

Home Gardener Pest Management 101

Jun 25, 2021

What are some of the basic steps you can take to reduce insect and plant disease problems in your home Landscape and Garden?

Bee City USA

May 28, 2021

Bee City and Bee Campus USA, is an initiative of the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes enhancement and conservation of pollinators. Its goal is to bring together communities to sustain pollinators.

Taking A Look At Cicadas

Apr 28, 2021

Spring is a time to explore and learn about many kinds of insects as they emerge from their overwintering states and habitats. Cicadas are an interesting group of insects for multiple reasons. They are prehistoric-looking insects and spend the majority of their lives underground feeding on plant roots, especially trees and shrubs. This occurs in their immature or nymphal stage. 


Today's topic is how to put up a no vacancy sign for the Douglas-fir beetles. Most people are aware of the destruction to large swaths of forest trees brought about by a tiny insect group called bark beetles.


We are aware that climate change has ushered in an era of more frequent and extreme droughts, which constrain agricultural water supplies and stress crops. In response, agricultural companies have been developing many varieties of drought-tolerant corn and other plants. These drought-tolerant plants may come with an added benefit, resistance to mites and other pests. 

Tips On Removing Spider Mites

Sep 15, 2020

Now that we're into the real heat of summer, and a lot of our garden veggies are really producing, one of the common pests that you tend to see this time of year is spider mites. Mites are relatives of spiders and ticks. There are many types of mites, some will harm humans and livestock, others are important in breaking down organic matter in the soil.

A Look At The Short Life Cycle Of A Cicada

Jul 13, 2020

Cicadas are medium-sized insects with large compound eyes and large membranous wings. They have piercing-sucking mouthparts that feed on the sap of the roots of woody plants such as trees and shrubs.

Asian Giant Hornet: What You Should Know

Jun 1, 2020
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Today's topic is the Asian Giant Hornet or what some people are calling the Murder Hornet. You may have heard of this insect; it is a large hornet or wasp. It is one and a half to two inches long- so about the size of a matchbox.  

USU Extension Offers Pest Advisories

May 5, 2020

Today's topic is on the USU Extension pest advisories. USU Extension experts produce four pest advisories to serve the needs of Utah citizens. Which pests are included in these advisories? Insects, mites, plant pathogens, and bird pests such as voles.

On Eating Bugs

Feb 3, 2020

Today's topic is entomophagy. It's about eating insects.

Today I'm going to tell you about an article that was recently published in entomology today. It was written by Andrew Porterfield.

The idea of eating insects has progressed from schoolyard days to a very real solution to maintain and secure global food supply.

Wild Pollinators

Jan 3, 2020
Honey bees crawling over honeycomb.

As you may know, many vegetable and fruit producers place honey bee hives in their fields to ensure adequate pollination. A study in Pennsylvania pumpkin fields, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Entomology, found that wild bees can do the job for free.

Some Tips For Your Poor, Wilting House Plant

Dec 9, 2019
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This is the time of year your house plants might get the blues. What’s happening is they may be losing leaves or not looking as nice and shiny green as they once did.

Most Spiders In Utah Should Not Cause Concern

Oct 4, 2019
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Now that we are into fall, people start to think about Halloween and things that change in terms of nature - and one of these is spiders. So most people aren’t very pleased when they find spiders in their home garden. However, I want to remind you that spiders are actually beneficial predators that feed on many insect species, both pest species as well as non-pest species.

Stinkbugs - Not As Bad As You Might Think

Sep 4, 2019
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What are stinkbugs?  They are an insect that has a piercing sucking mouth part and is shield-shaped in its form.  It can be green, brown or other bright colors including orange, yellow and red. They are a combination of a group of insects that are both plant feeders in some cases, or some individuals are also predatory in nature and can feed on other insects so they can be beneficial in your garden.

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Now that it’s spring, I have a few tips for you about some things you can do around your yard and garden to help encourage the nesting and food supply for our native pollinators. 


Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about our fruit trees and taking good care of them throughout the season.

Citrus Fruit And Their Major Pest Problem

Apr 4, 2019

We start thinking about fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year and what we can grow in our garden. But we also think about the fresh fruits we ate over the winter and even though we can’t grow them here citrus is one of the fruits we love to eat.

The Grasshoppers Are Coming: What To Do To Prepare

Mar 8, 2019

In celebration of the season of green, spring, St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers; today’s insect topic is about something green. So grasshoppers, some are green and they eat lots of green plants.


Now that we are truly in the winter as you look through your seed catalogs you might want to start planning next year’s garden with your past pest problems in mind.


Fall is the time to bring those winter-sensitive plants indoors and sometimes pests are brought along with them. There are three main groups of pests that tend to show up on houseplants.