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INSECT PEST EXCLUSION TACTICS

This IPM training module provides the basic principles of insect pest exclusion along with advanced knowledge of various types of structures that use the principles of pest exclusion such as net house, low tunnels, etc. Producers can develop their own design keeping in mind the target insect/s and cost of materials. Insect exclusion can also be integrated with high tunnels by putting netting on the side walls. There are many advantages to protected agriculture but there can be some problems as well. Please watch the videos below and then contact Dr. A (251-331-8416, bugdoctor@auburn.edu) for more information.

Popular Articles about Insect Pest Exclusion

Pest exclusion for plant protection. January 2014.net house-ACRESarticle.pdfnet house-ACRESarticle.pdf

How to exclude pests in high tunnels. October 2013. HT pest exclusion  - FINAL.pdfHT pest exclusion - FINAL.pdf

Pest control for high tunnels. American Vegetable Grower. October 8, 2013. http://www.growingproduce.com/article/36166/1/pest-control-for-high-tunnels
 
Factsheet about low tunnels (courtesy of the Bay Area Food Bank, Mobile, AL) Insect-Barrier Tent Instructions.pdfInsect-Barrier Tent Instructions.pdf 
 
YouTube Training Videos
Part 1. Net House Vegetable Production: Successes and Challenges (6:31 min)
This IPM video is the first in a series related to the use of insect pest exclusion for sustainable crop production. It includes review of past studies and latest net house research findings from Alabama. Net house technology is applicable to a wide variety of specialty crops but careful design is critical to success of this unique IPM approach.

 
Part 2. How to Build a Net House for Insect Pest Exclusion (6:18 min)
This video describes the process of making small net houses or low tunnels suitable for community gardens and urban farms. Please watch the earlier videos in this series to learn about basic principles and other approaches. Please visit http://www.aces.edu/go/87 for IPM publications and to subscribe for the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter.
 

 
Part 3. Low-cost net houses for community gardens and urban farms (9:31 min)
This video describes the process of making small net houses or low tunnels suitable for community gardens and urban farms. Please watch the earlier videos in this series to learn about basic principles and other approaches. Please visit http://www.aces.edu/go/87 for IPM publications and to subscribe to the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter.

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