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spanish readersSpanish maintenance gardener presentation.

UC IPM produces products for Spanish readers


  1. Manejo integrado de plagas y control biológico (Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control)
  2. Caracoles y babosas (Snails and Slugs)
  3. Tijerillas (Earwigs)
  4. Tuzas (Gophers)
  5. Ratas (Rats)
  6. Chinche de cama (Bed Bugs)
  7. Ácaros (Spider Mites)
  8. Piojo del cabello (Head Lice)
  9. Cucarachas (Cockroaches)
  10. Termitas (Termites)

UC IPM is building its collection of new products for Spanish speakers to improve their understanding of IPM techniques and encourage the use of IPM and less toxic methods.

Products include quick answers for residents who have questions about common pests in and around their homes, a full suite of study materials for maintenance gardeners, and training materials to support vineyard workers searching for damaging pests.

More than 40 titles in the popular Quick Tip pest management series for residents have now been translated into Spanish. These publications quickly get to the point about how to identify and manage a variety of pests in the garden and around the home. They also address subjects such as:

  • Beneficial insects in the garden;
  • Less toxic pesticides;
  • Pesticide safety and how pesticides affect water quality; and
  • How to manage lawns to reduce problems.

UC IPM posts all titles online, but many also are available in print through UC Master Gardeners.

Other bilingual resources include kiosks, pesticide applicator certification training material, videos, and pest identification cards.

A grant from the Western IPM Center has enabled UC IPM to add a Spanish language version to the popular IPM kiosks. Kiosk users are given an option to choose a language before viewing the pest management material, which includes pest identification and management, alternatives to pesticides, and least toxic pest control. The devices are placed in nurseries, libraries, county fairs, garden exhibits, and plant clinics.

UC IPM Associate Director Mary Louise Flint created materials to teach maintenance gardeners what they need to know to become certified to apply pesticides in the course of their gardening. A Spanish-language study guide, workbook, and online video presentations cover integrated pest management and pesticide safety and help readers study for the certification exam.

New Spanish-language products have been created to help vineyard workers identify important pests. Workers are out in the field throughout the year, giving them a great opportunity to find these pests in time to take action before numbers increase and the pest spreads. UC IPM Advisor Lucia Varela developed a video presentation that shows workers what the new pest European grapevine moth looks like at different life stages from egg to adult, what damage looks like, and where they can expect to find it. In addition, colorful “wanted” posters in Spanish and English, showing similar information, will be posted in locations where workers can be expected to see them—including portable toilets.

“We want to make sure that workers will see and note the information, even if they don’t have a chance to watch the video on a computer,” Varela said.

A colorful deck of grape pest identification cards soon will go into production, and they will be published in both English and Spanish. Similar to the Tree Fruit Pest Identification Cards and Landscape Pest Identification Cards, these will have photos of important pests and beneficial insects and include tips about how to monitor for the pests.

Joining Varela in the translation and narration of the Spanish materials were Polo Moreno of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Alberto Hauffen of UC ANR Communication Services.

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