Avocado Arthropod Pest Management Update

  • Mar 24, 2014

As growers and pest control advisors plan their arthropod pest management program for 2014, they should consider the consequences of pesticide resistance that would make pest management problematic in the future.

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Potential Pests and Avocado Diseases Video Presentations Available

  • Dec 18, 2013

View three presentations concerning threats posed to California avocado groves by new pests and diseases, including laurel wilt disease, fusarium dieback disease, the polyphagous shot hole borer and the Florida redbay ambrosia beetle.

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Identifying the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer Beetle

  • Jul 03, 2013

A newly discovered beetle, the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle, is morphologically indistinguishable from the tea shot hole borer, and is believed to vector a new Fusarium sp. leading to Fusarium dieback disease that affects avocado trees.

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Identifying Persea Mites

  • Apr 17, 2013

There are three types of mites that feed on California avocado trees. All three of these mites damage avocado leaves by removing chlorophyll during feeding. Excessive feeding can lead to rapid loss of avocado leaves, effecting the number of avocado fruit on the tree.

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Avocado Persea Mite Pest Management

  • Apr 17, 2013

Persea mites damage avocado trees by removing chlorophyll from the leaves when feeding. As a result, once 7.5-10% of the leaf surface is damaged, the leaves begin to drop. Because healthy leaves are critical to a healthy avocado tree and crop, persea mite damage can effect avocado growers’ profitability.

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Avocado Thrips Pest Management

  • Apr 17, 2013

There are many ways to manage thrips. Sampling, biological and cultural control, and chemical control combined with employing a knowledgeable pest control advisor to assist with scouting and decision-making, is considered best practice.

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