What to do about bugs, weeds, and other pests
Preventing pests in the first place is the best pest management method. These DPR School and Child Care IPM program Pest Information Series publications and outside, non-DPR websites can help you make informed decisions about what to do. The most important thing to remember is to make sure you know what pest you are dealing with and pick the management strategy best suited to your situation. If a pesticide is used, always read and follow the label.
- School Pest Information Series
- Child Care Pest Information Series
- University of California (UC) Integrated Pest Management Program, in-depth information on how to identify and manage insects, plant diseases, weeds and other pests in home and garden, including pest monitoring techniques, pesticides, and nonpesticide alternatives. Or, you can browse UC’s catalog of publications (many of them free downloads) on lawns and landscapes, and growing fruits and vegetables.
- The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns, all you need to know to grow a lawn with little or no pesticide.
- The Less-Toxic Home Garden, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District fact sheets on controlling pests with little or no use of pesticides.
- UC Cooperative Extension agents in your county specialize in helping people with questions about gardening, agriculture, and pest control.
- Master Gardeners Online, the county offices of the Master Gardener program; phone for free home garden advice.
- Controlling Pests - U.S. EPA links to information on pest management in homes, multifamily housing, agriculture, and landscaping.
- Hiring a Pest Control Company - UC IPM Online handout)
- National Pesticide Information Center (funded by U.S. EPA) links to many sites offering information on controlling home and garden pests.
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If you have questions about California’s licensing, certification, and training requirements to perform pest control work (new applications, renewals, change of address, qualifications, examinations, study materials, and continuing education), please contact the Licensing Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 445-4038.