Pests affecting plants, like soil-borne diseases, insects and fungi, are a central focus of Georgia's pest management efforts. Commercial producers contend with the thrips, aphids, moths and other bugs that indiscriminately prey on their crops, while conditions like mycotoxin in corn and tomato spotted wilt virus cost farmers both cash and crops.
UGA Extension helps Georgia's producers deal with these challenges. Still, anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars are spent dealing with these issues every year, depending on the product and pest.
The state's well-known contest with the boll weevil demonstrates the potential scale of pest damage and thus the relative value of preventative measures. The beetle decimated Georgia's cotton industry from 1915 until a focused eradication program begun in 1987 eventually recovered yields.
On-Site and Telephone Consultation Available in many county offices for ag producers.
Pesticide Safety Education Program Topics include pest identification, storage and disposal, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, water quality protection, and food safety.
Production Meetings Updates on local issues for growers and producers.
- Key to Diseases of Oaks in the Landscape (B 1286) This publication contains a guide to diseases of oak trees in the landscape.
- Fireblight: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment (C 871) Fireblight is a destructive, highly infectious, and widespread disease. It attacks blossoms, leaves, shoots, branches, fruits, and roots. This publication has some facts and methods to avoid and contr…
- Diseases of Leyland Cypress in the Landscape (B 1229) Leyland cypress has become one of the most widely used plants in commercial and residential landscapes across Georgia as a formal hedge, screen, buffer strip or wind barrier. Leyland cypress (x Cupres…
- Spanish Series: Enfermedades Más Comunes de Plantas Ornamentales en Georgia (B 1238-SP) Esta publicación describe algunas de las enfermedades más problemáticas en las plantas de ornato más usadas en el jardín. El material presentado aquí le ayudará a identificar estas enfermedades y enco…
Forages Insect Management Includes PDF resources on insects affecting forages.
Georgia Pest Management Handbook The Georgia Pest Management Handbook gives current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals.
Integrated Pest Management Program at UGA Integrated pest management is a science-based decision making process that employs biological, mechanical, cultural and chemical control methods is such a way as to minimize economic, environmental and public health risks associated with pests and pest management practices.
Urban Pest Management Program at UGA The Griffin Campus Urban Pest Management Program's primary focus is the extension of academic expertise and research-based information regarding pest management practices and options.
Landscape Pest Management Includes brief descriptions and identifying images for a variety of insect pests. Also includes brief summaries of recent research.
Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus Describes the disease in detail for peanut, tobacco, and other vegetable crops. Includes resources for identifying thrips.
Impact Statements: Plant Disease Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to plant disease.
UGA Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Learn more about the crop and soil sciences department at the UGA College of Agricultural of Environmental Sciences.
UGA Department of Entomology Learn more about the entomology department at the UGA College of Agricultural of Environmental Sciences.
UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural of Environmental Sciences.
UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural of Environmental Sciences.
Georgia Pest Control Association Information for future and existing pest control professionals.
Scouting The life cycles of some insect pests are so short that missing a week of scouting can lead to increased pests and damaged crops.
Watermelon Crop Downy mildew thrives in wet, humid conditions, using moisture on the plant's surface for successful spore germination.
Pepper Weevils Seventy percent of the winter peppers imported into the US are grown in Mexico, where weevils originate.