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Students learn about insects at Farm Day in the City

Homeowner guide to insects and pest management
Posted at 7:37 PM, Mar 26, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — "Every single insect plays a role, even if it's only purpose is to get eaten by something. Everything is important," said Haviland.

David Haviland an entomologist at the University of California's Extension who studies insects and helps farmers manage agricultural pests, spent Tuesday at the Kern County Fairgrounds teaching students about good bugs and bad bugs at Farm Day in the City.

He's been collecting bugs for more than 20 years and shared hundreds of insects with the students.

"Often time when people become parents, they've learned bugs are bad, and you have to squash them. Hopefully, we can teach children a little more in-depth about insects and the diversity there," said Haviland.

Haviland said some insects like grasshoppers, cockroaches, and ants starting in April could become pests at home and require specific steps to manage them.

Haviland's approach to pests is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). To give homeowners and farmers important information regarding pest management, scientist and professors at the University of California created a free online guide.

The guide offers a breakdown of insects in Kern County and how to manage including step-by-step videos including how to set traps to keep you and your family safe. If you are having problems with your plants, there is also a quiz people can use to assess any damage and find solutions.

For more information here is the IPM check out their website: http://ipm.ucanr.edu