Vegetable Insect IPM

The University of Maryland Vegetable Program utilizes integrated pest management (IPM) tactics in all of its vegetable production programs whether they are commercial, organic, or home and garden.  Integrated Pest Management relies on a combination of practices that consist of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical controls, to prevent detrimental levels of pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals. IPM, through its multi-tactic approach will:  lessen the potential for pesticide resistance, reduce chemical costs, limit human exposure to pesticides and lower the environmental impact of pest management.

2022 Articles

Two Spotted Spider Mites and Cyclamen Mites Found in Strawberries


Articles from Previous Years 

Allium Leaf Miner Active and Spreading in Maryland ( Part 1)

Allium Leaf Miner-Again-Really (Part 2)

Allium Leaf Miner Active Now (2021)

Allium (Onion) Leaf Miner

Beet and Spinach Leaf Miners

Broad Mites Found in Maryland Caneberries

Broad Mites on High Tunnel Tomatoes

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Peppers

Check for Allium Leaf Miner in Onions and Leeks Over the Next Few Weeks

Cyclamen Mites Found in Strawberries

Common Stink Bugs of the Mid-Atlantic - Hemiptera: Pentatomidae

Feeding Damage by Blister Beetles

Flea Beetle Feeding and Tomato Early Blight

Garlic Bloat Nematode Found in Several Garlic Samples

Garlic Bulb Mites

Gold Flecking in Tomatoes Caused by Many Things

Good Time to Check for Root Knot Nematode in Vegetables

Grasshoppers in High Populations

High Tunnels - Overwintering Problems

Insect Pest Management in Peppers

Insect Pest Management in Potato

Insect Pests of Tomato

Insects and Other Pests in High Tunnel Vegetables (presentation)

Integrated Pest Management for Vegetables: A Program Evaluation to Determine Value

Leafhopper Damage Found on Fruit and Vegetables

Low Level of Two Spotted Spider Mites in Strawberries

Low to Moderate Levels of Two Spotted Spider Mites in Strawberries (2021)

Managing Some Hard to Control Vegetable Pests

Mild Winter Induces Three Pest Problems This Year

Mites (Two Types) Found in Strawberries

New Grower Training - Vegetable IPM

Odd Symptoms in Tomato Plants Turnout to be Viruses

Organic Weed Control in No-Till Vegetable Systems

Plants that Attract Pollinators and Natural Enemies (presentation)

Potato Leaf Hoppers on Hops

Problems with Pollination in High Tunnel Tomatoes

Red Legged Winter Mites Still Spreading in Leafy Greens

Seed Maggots Very Active in Our Area on Early Planted Vegetables 

Soil Pests a Problem in Sweet Potatoes

Spinach Crown Mites in Maryland Spinach

Spinach Leafminer and Sowbug Damage

Spotted Wing Drosophila in Cherries in Southern Maryland

Squash Vine Borers and Pumpkins

Stink Bug Damage Common in Tomatoes This Year (2013)

Stinkbug Damage Found in Tomato Fields

Strange Mite Pest Found in High Tunnel Vegetables

Striped Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt

Swiss Chard and Spinach Leafminers Active

Swiss Chard with Leafminers and Seed Maggot Update

Tarnished Plant Bug (Lygus) Management in Strawberries

Thrips and Tree Pollen in Vegetables

Thrips Damage to Greenhouse and High Tunnel Vegetables Widespread and Serious This Year (2021)

Thrips Feeding Damage to High Tunnel Peppers

Thrips Overwinter on Winter Annuals in Maryland - 2013

Tomato Pollination and How to Increase it in High Tunnels

Transmission of the Yeast Eremothecium Coryli to Fruits and Vegetables by the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Two Spotted Spider Mites on High Tunnel Vegetables

Understanding a Major Pest Problem in the Mid-Atlantic - A Survey for Thrips

Unusual Pest Found in Tomatillo Crop

Unusual Virus Found in Maryland Pumpkin Field

Using Nitrate-N Petiole Sap-Testing for Better Nitrogen Management in Vegetable Crop

Viruses in Cucurbits

Virus Transmission by Striped Cucumber Beetle in Pumpkins

Watch for Aphids in Melons

Watch for Thrips and Mites in Vegetables

Watch Your Pumpkins and Squash for Squash Vine Borer

Why Are Two-spotted Spider Mites Such Problems Lately





IPM Vegetable Program Survey Results

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) IPM Vegetable Program undertook a survey in January 2013 of the vegetable growers of Maryland. Surveys were mailed to a random representative number of growers throughout the state of Maryland to ascertain their perceptions and evaluation of the integrated pest management vegetable program. Growers filled out the 6 page 19 question survey and returned their responses anonymously to UME. These are the results of the survey. 

View the complete report:  IPM Vegetable Program Survey Results