Educational Videos

    The videos below were created by USU Extension specialists to highlight identification and management of common insects and diseases found in Utah.

    Fruit and Vegetable Pests

    Assembling a delta trap
    Making a beating tray
      Using a beating tray
      Codling moth trapping & organic control
      Identifying greater peachtree borer on a trap
      Identifying peach twig borer on a trap
      Trapping and identification of spotted wing drosophila
      Controlling earwigs with traps

    Nuisance Pests

    Boxelder bug control
    Trapping for paper wasps

    Forage and Field Pests

    Alfalfa sweep net sampling

    Billbug identification and detection in turf

    Health-Related Pests

    Bed bug travel tips


    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.


    Codling Moth Traps
    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.


    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.

    Identifying Peach Twig Borer on a Trap
    Peach twig borers are small, gray, and non-distinctive, but they are usually the only moths attracted to the pheromone lure.


    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.


    Using a Beating Tray
    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.


    Nuisance Pests

    Boxelder Bug
    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.


    Paper Wasp Traps
    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

    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.


    Billbug Identification and Detection in Turf
    Entomologist Ricardo Ramirez discusses the identifying characteristics of billbugs in turf, and demonstrates how to detect the damaging larval stage.


    Health-Related Pests

    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.