A new pest is introduced into California every 60 days on average, according to California Department of Food and Agriculture statistics.

As new pests invade and attack the state's ornamental and agricultural crops, the University of California's Integrated Pest Management Project continues to develop new strategies to battle them.

For the past 20 years, the UC IPM Project has been designing pest-control programs that are economically and environmentally beneficial. IPM advisors have helped growers reduce the pesticide load in the environment; enhance the predictability and effectiveness of pest-control techniques; and increase use of natural pest controls.