Pest Management Workshops for Landscapes and Nurseries every Thursday in October.

See the flyer PDF

Want to learn more about the recently introduced pest azalea lace bug? Concerned about pollinator protection and the impacts of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoid insecticides, on bees? Are you interested in ways to stop diseases before they get started? Come to our OktoberPest workshops! OktoberPest is a series of workshops to help you improve your knowledge about pest management. This year we focus on five topics: azalea lace bug, aphids, pollinator protection, Verticillium wilt, and Pythium diseases.

Classes are held Thursday mornings at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15201 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, Oregon. Still one of the best deals around, we're keeping our registration fees at the low price of $25/workshop. The agenda and the registration flyer are available at the workshop/classes link at the PNW Nursery IPM website,

Oct. 3 When Rhodies Wear White: Integrated Pest Management of Azalea Lace Bug
           Robin Rosetta, Department of Horticulture, OSU/NWREC
           Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about azalea lace bug and how best to minimize its impacts in nurseries and                    landscapes.
           9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 10 Los Chinches y Los Afidos (in Spanish)
             Dr. Luisa Santamaria, Department of Botany/Plant Pathology, OSU/NWREC
             This session, taught in Spanish, will help attendees learn more about azalea lace bug and aphids and how best to                        manage them in nurseries and landscapes.
             9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 17 Bee Aware: Pollinator Protection in Ornamental Systems
             Dr. David Stone and Dr. Jeff Jenkins, Department to Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, Dr. Ramesh Sagili and                Robin Rosetta, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University
             During this workshop, participants will learn more about research-based knowledge for pollinator protection, Colony                Collapse Disorder, and the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bees and bumble bees.
             9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 24 Banishing Wilt and Damping Off: Verticillium and Pythium Disease Prevention and Management
             Dr. Luisa Santamaria, Department of Botany/Plant Pathology, OSU/NWREC and Dr. Jerry Weiland, Horticultural Crops                Research Lab, USDA/ARS.
             This class will help attendees learn practical tips that can be implemented in nurseries to reduce the risk of plant                      damage from two soil-based plant pathogens, Verticillium sp. and Pythium sp.
             9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Oct. 31 Damage Control: Aphid Management in Ornamental Systems
             Robin Rosetta, Department of Horticulture, OSU/NWREC
             This presentation will cover key aspects of aphid pest management including identification, damage, biology,                             monitoring, and management tactics including cultural, biological, and chemical control of these sucking pests.
              9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For further information about these classes, contact Jan Egli at (503) 678-1264 x 110 or e-mail at We have applied for Pesticide Recertification Credits for all workshops.

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status. OSU Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provded to those with physical or mental disabilities in order to attend Extension programs. Please contact the Extension office in advance to make arrangements.