Citrus Insect Pests
Key Citrus Pests in the Month of March
Its warming up and the insects are starting to show up.
Citrus red mite: These mites overwinter as adults and at this time of year they start reproducing. Their populations need to be kept below 8 adult females/leaf.
Cottony cushion scale: These scales overwinter in multiple stages but at this time of year the population is mostly females. Watch for the vedalia beetle - it should be arriving about now.
California red scale: You should have pheromone traps out to catch the first flight of the males - this is a great starting point to predict future generations based on temperature.
Citricola scale: This scale overwinters as 2nd instars on the inside wood. In the next few weeks they will begin moving down the branches and molting into the female stage.
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Organics, citrus red mite, citrus rust mite, citrus greening, cottony cushion scale, aphids, California red scale. Sounds like I should just start working through the list of pests.......