Economic losses from vineyard mealybug have dramatically increased in this past decade. The invasive vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus) causes the most damage in California vineyards. Virus transmission, rather than mealybug feeding or contamination, is the primary concern. In organic programs, the use of neem, light mineral oils, lime-sulfur, citrus products, and fatty acid soaps is common, each providing mixed results. More effective methods are still being sought and include habitat management through the addition of cover crops, biological control programs, and most recently, the use of mating disruption. This workshop brings you up-to-date on emerging strategies to tame the most problematic pest in both organic and conventional vineyards.
*Approved for 1.5 DPR CE hours for Pest Control Advisors