K-State Research and Extension News
September 24, 2012
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New Resource for Kansas Gardeners

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas gardeners know pests can seriously hamper yields and affect the quality of home-grown produce. A new guide is available to help homeowners and gardeners identify common pests and beneficial insects.

“Good pest management can only be achieved through proper identification,” said Frannie Miller, K-State Research and Extension pesticide safety and integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator and author of the guide.

The guide, which slips easily into a pocket, contains information on what the insects look like, their life stages, damage they cause, and how to control them. It contains color pictures of the 40 most common pests and beneficial insects.

“Control measures may not be needed for all insects,” Miller said. “Some insects cause cosmetic damage but do not actually harm plants.”

The publication lists IPM practices to help minimize pest damage.

“The hope for this guide is that it will serve as a useful resource for the people of Kansas,” she said.

To order the guide, visit the K-State Research and Extension online bookstore. Search for Pocket Guide to Common Pest Problems and Beneficials, S158. The spiral-bound guide sells for $4.10.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Elaine Edwards
K-State Research & Extension News

Frannie Miller – fmiller@ksu.edu or 620-241-1523