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
Assembling a Plastic Orange Delta Trap
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.
Controlling Earwigs Using Traps
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.
Identifying Greater Peachtree Borer on a Trap
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.
Making a Beating Tray
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.
Trapping and Identifying Spotted Wing Drosophila
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.
Pests of Ornamental Plants
Pests of Forage and Field Crops
Alfalfa Sweep Net Sampling
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.
Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs while Traveling
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.