Category Archives: Insects

Monitoring and management of San Jose scale and other insect pests during the dormant season

This is the time of the year to assess the seasonal activities of certain insect pests in the orchard and make treatment decisions for the delayed-dormant spray. This evaluation provides guidance for planning in-season pest management activities. Insects that can be evaluated using dormant spur sampling includes tiny insects (Scales: San Jose scale, European fruit lecanium; non-webspinning mites: […]

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Bloom Bt for Peach Twig Borer Control

Written by John Edstrom, UCCE Farm Advisor Colusa County, Emeritus Hopefully, the central valley will finally receive drought relief from recent El Niño driven storms. The resulting wet soil conditions, however, can prevent orchard access for many orchard operations including dormant sprays. Without dormant insecticide sprays, peach twig borer (PTB) populations can increase dramatically and […]

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Role of Winter Sanitation for Navel Orangeworm Management

Written by: Jhalendra Rijal, Area IPM Advisor, UC-Cooperative Extension (San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced) Navel Orangeworm (NOW) is a primary pest of almonds, pistachios, and walnuts, with other significant crops hosts such as fig, citrus, pomegranates. This pest was first introduced in southern California in 1942 potentially from Central and/or South America. Because of the wide host range, […]

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