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Register now for Landscaper IPM Training

The Unified Port of San Diego
The University of California Cooperative Extension
will  present their 17th Annual IPM Training for 
Landscape Professionals.
May 11, 2017
Please join us for this year's IPM Training Seminar.  The Seminar will offer insight into identification of landscape pests and diseases and cultural practices for improved plant health and water quality.
The $50 registration fee ($75 after May 8) will include the Seminar, continental breakfast, lunch, and the hot of the press new edition of the book The Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides, 3rd Edition (386 pages). This book provides detailed information for selecting, using, handling, storing, and disposing of pesticides. It emphasizes worker protection, prevention of groundwater contamination, protection of endangered species and wildlife, and reduction of environmental problems ($42 value).
Registration received after May 8th or at the dooris $75 and you will not be guaranteed a lunch or the book.
Parking and Accessibility
Free Parking
The seminar is Handicapped Accessible.
Please contact the UCCE office at
(858) 822-7711 if you need more information or assistance.
Continuing Education
QAC, QAL, PAs and PCAs CEUs have been requested from DPR.  ISA hours requested for tree workers and arborists.
                                    Click here to view and print agenda
Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:56 PM
Tags: IPM training (2)

Please file under "Should have known better"

While out with my dogs last weekend, I went through a narrow trail that is constantly being invaded by Cape ivy (Delairea odorata). Without thinking, I grabbed the invading vine broke it off and pulled it out of the way. Only when I had that clump in my fist did I look at it and saw that it was not Cape ivy but another common vine - Toxicodendron diversilobum, commonly known as poison oak. Imagine my surprise.


Photo by Joseph M. DiTomaso.


I thought it had only gotten it on my arm and hand where I grabbed it so I avoided touching anything so as not to spread the urushiol oil which is what causes the itchy, bumpy allergic skin reaction and as soon as I got home, I washed my hands and arms with rubbing alcohol to dissolve the oil and washed it off.  So far, that seems to have worked.  

However, I guess I was not so lucky with other parts of my body. I thought I hadn't touched it but about 2 days later, the bumps showed up behind one ear. Then on one side of my face. Today, it is on my chin.

Poison oak is has started to grow pretty quickly this time of year and it is quite green, so you may not notice it if growing among other plants. Take my advice and look before you weed. Please see the UC IPM Pest Note about poison oak for information about identification, management,  and what to do if you do meet it personally.



Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:19 PM
Tags: poison oak (1)

SAVE THE DATE: IPM Training for Professional Landscapers

SAVE THE DATE:IPM Training for Professional Landscapers

Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sponsor: CE San Diego/Port of San Diego

Event Details

Get ready for the Annual IPM Training for Professional Landscapers sponsored by UCCE San Diego and the Port of San Diego.

Details and Registration information will be here and at UCCE San Diego web site as soon as we finalize the agenda.

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:23 PM

New pest of olive trees found in Riverside

An arborist reported an unusual pest found on an olive tree in Riverside CA late 2016. CDFA identified it as an Olive Bark Beetle (OBB) Phloeotribus scarabaeoides (

Currently, the pest status is Q (quarantined) but it is recommended to be changed to B.

The report states the OBB has been found at olive trees at grape vineyard as well as a residence and 3 nurseries, all in Riverside County.  Surveys of olive trees at nurseries in other counties have not found any OBB.

The beetle is very small (2mm) and brownish-gray so it is difficult to detect. See for photos. 

Current hosts are olive, Fraxinus spp., privet (Ligustrum sp.), lilac (Syringa), Phyllirea sp.

Damage is caused by larval feeding and then by adults on weakened stems and branches of causing decline and sometimes death 
Damage can also be caused by adults creating feeding incisions on small, healthy branches causing the tips to dry out and die, or by adults damaging axillary buds when trying to initiate small galleries or holes where they can hibernate.

Good information about its biology and life cycle can be found on



Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:14 PM
Tags: bark beetle (1), invasive pest (4), olive (1)

Is your pesticide safety training in compliance with the new Worker Protection Standard?


We are in the midst of a new and changing era of Worker Protection Standards (WPS). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently published the revised WPS, which is meant to increase protections for agricultural fieldworkers and pesticide handlers from pesticide exposure when they're working in farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The changes are already affecting California agriculture!

 What major regulatory changes have already gone into effect?

Several changes are required to have been in place as of January 2, 2017. These include:

* All 417,000 fieldworkers in California must attend annual pesticide safety training.

* Records of all fieldworker pesticide safety trainings must be kept on file for 2 years.

* Fields must be posted when the restricted entry interval (REI) exceeds 48 hours.

* “Application-exclusion zones” must be implemented to prevent the entry of anyone into areas up to 100 feet from pesticide application equipment.

* Instructors previously qualified via a DPR-approved Instructor Training programs (Train the Trainer) are qualified to train through 2017. If you wish to be qualified to train fieldworkers and handlers after December 31, 2017 using this qualification, you must complete an updated, DPR-approved Train the Trainer workshop.

 Now is the time to make sure these changes are put in place!

 What major regulatory changes are still in store for us? When will they happen?

The regulatory changes that must be in place by January 2, 2018 include:

 * Additional training topics for fieldworkers and handlers have to be added to the curriculum.

* Handlers have to suspend an application if anyone enters the application exclusion zone.

Who do these changes affect?

Many people who work in the California agricultural community will be impacted by the WPS revisions. These include fieldworkers, pesticide handlers, farm labor contractors, private and in-house safety trainers, growers, farm managers, licensed pesticide applicators (private and commercial), pest control advisors (PCAs), and crop consultants, to name a few.

How do I know if I am qualified to train?

If you attended one of the DPR-approved Train-the-Trainer programs you are qualified through 2017. However, if you wish to continue training after the end of the year, you must complete a DPR-approved Instructor Training Program, which includes the 2018 training topic requirements.

If you maintain certain licenses/government designations, including PAC, QAC, QAL, PCA, and certain County Biologist licenses you are qualified to train. UCCE Advisors are also qualified to train.

How can I get qualified as a trainer?

To become a trainer, take an Instructor Training program that is approved by DPR for 2018 topics. The University of California Pesticide Safety Education Program (part of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, UC IPM), in partnership with AgSafe, will offer multiple workshops this spring that cover the new federal requirements for fieldworker and handler training. You can reserve your spot now. At the end of the training you will be a certified pesticide safety instructor.

If I am currently qualified, how can I make sure I stay up to date on all the new requirements?

If you are currently qualified as a trainer because you maintain a California PAC, QAC, or QAL, or if you are a PCA, you can attend an Instructor Training Program this spring to learn about the new WPS requirements and additional training topics. While a certification may qualify you, an Instructor Training Program will prepare you to train! Register today!

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10:49 AM

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