Educational Videos and Webinars

    Educational Videos and Webinars

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

    Fruit and Vegetable Pests


    How to prepare your greenhouse for planting
    How to prepare your garden for winter
    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


    Ornamental Pests

    Billbug identification and detection in turf
    Building a monitoring trap for billbugs in recreational turfgrass

    Nuisance Pests

    Boxelder bug control
    Trapping for paper wasps

    Forage and Field Pests

    Alfalfa sweep net sampling

    Health-Related Pests

    Bed bug travel tips

    Pests of Fruits and Vegetables

    How to Prepare Your Greenhouse for Planting
    Sanitaion inside greenhouse is critical for the spread of pathogens throughout transplant production.

    How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter
    If you let plant debris or residue stand, you’re allowing for the possibility of all sorts of problems next season.
    Plant debris can harbor different fungal blights or overwintering insects.

    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.


    Pests of Ornamental Plants

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


    Building a Monitoring Trap for Billbugs in Recreational Turfgrass
    Dr. Ricardo Ramirez demonstrates the importance of scouting for billbugs, and shows how to build a monitoring trap.


    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.


    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.


    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.