The videos below were created by USU Extension specialists to highlight identification and management of common insects and diseases found in Utah.
Pests of Fruits and Vegetables
We recommend using a plastic orange delta trap for monitoring certain moth species. They last for years, are easy to assemble and hang, and the orange color does not attract bees.
Codling moth, the "worm" in apples, is the most common pest of apples in Utah. Entomologist Diane Alston shares some home remedies for trapping this pest and protecting fruit.
Because earwigs do not travel far, mass trapping is often the best method of control. Learn about three simple options to trap for this common pest of vegetables and fruits from Entomologist, Diane Alston.
Greater peachtree borer is not the only moth attracted to the lure, so it is helpful to know the key characteristics in identifying this moth on the trap's sticky liner.
Peach twig borers are small, gray, and non-distinctive, but they are usually the only moths attracted to the pheromone lure.
A beating tray should be used by every good fruit grower to quickly monitor for the presence of mites, aphids, thrips, leafrollers, and more. They are easy to make from a window screen frame, fabric, and a wooden stick.
Spotted wing drosophila is a new pest to Utah; larvae (maggots) feed on the flesh of a wide variety of fruits. Entomologist Cory Stanley discusses how to make your own trap and how to identify adults.
A beating tray is a large cloth frame that is used to catch insects that fall from a shaken branch. It is helpful for monitoring a large area, such as an orchard, quickly.
Boxelder bugs are home invaders, and Entomologist Diane Alston shows how to prevent them from entering your home and how to control them if they have become a nuisance.
Entomologist Diane Alston discusses the difference between native paper wasps and European paper wasps, and how to make your own traps to combat them.
Forage and Field Pests
Scouting for alfalfa weevil and aphids is important to know when to treat. Entomologist Ricardo Ramirez demonstrates sweep sampling and the use of thresholds for key insects in alfalfa.
Entomologist Ricardo Ramirez discusses the identifying characteristics of billbugs in turf, and demonstrates how to detect the damaging larval stage.
Entomologist Ricardo Ramirez explains how to create, install, and monitor a pitfall trap for billbug.
Entomologist Ryan Davis discusses safe travel techniques to avoid falling prey to bed bugs, and how to minimize the chances of bringing bed bugs back to the home.