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Not the Grapes! WSDA Searches for Pests in the Wine Grapes

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is on the lookout for pests that threaten the state’s wine industry and Concord grapes. The major offenders are several species of moths, and Washington pest control experts with the WSDA are carefully monitoring their populations. 

Washington Pest Management Experts on the Hunt

In June 2014, the WSDA set about 1,000 traps throughout central Washington’s major grape-growing regions. Experts check the traps every two to four weeks and will continue to do so until September to determine the establishment of invasive moth species. The destructive pests in question are the Grape tortrix, Grapevine tortrix, European grape berry and European grapevine moths. By monitoring the moth populations in Washington, experts hope to catch and control an infestation before it causes too much damage to its wine industry.

The European grapevine moth first appeared in the U.S. in 2009, when it infested Napa Valley grapes in California. Washington pest control experts are learning from those in California about the behavior of the pests and the most successful control techniques.

Other Pests that Love Wine Grapes in Washington

  • Wine, or grape, mealybugs
  • Grape phylloxera
  • Cutworms (moth caterpillars)
  • Black vine weevils
  • Grape leafhoppers
  • Virginia creeper leafhopper
  • Spider mites
  • Grape rust mites
  • Grape bud mites

If you live in Washington, within a couple miles of vineyards or have grapes on your property, and notice a species of moth that you’re not familiar with, catch it. Then have a Washington pest management company, like Eden, identify it to see if it’s a destructive pest.

Contact Eden to learn more.

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Oregon Requiring Integrated Pest Management for Schools

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally sensitive and effective approach to controlling pests (both flora and fauna) that involves using common-sense practices that pose the least amount of risk to the earth, people and property. Oregon pest control specialists practice IPM by learning more about the pests and their nests on a property; monitoring pests to identify those that are beneficial (such as ladybugs); employing prevention techniques; and setting controls to help eliminate the problem. Empty Swingset

While integrated pest management is considered a desirable practice just about anywhere, it’s actually a required method for Oregon pest control professionals who contract with schools throughout the state. Here’s a look at why:

Harmful Effects of Pesticides on Children

The use of herbicides and insecticides can affect the short- and long-term health of students and school staff, as such ingredients can persist in air and dust particles for several months. While occasionally pesticides are necessary, the Oregon government and other governmental agencies recommend that children are minimally exposed. Oregon school districts are taking these recommendations seriously and will use integrated pest management techniques to help prevent and control pests. The result is a cost-effective solution that can help save school districts money as well as create a safer learning environment.

IPM in Schools

IPM policies will require schools to monitor and keep track of the pests they encounter to help prevent future outbreaks. With the data collected, Oregon pest control specialists can better determine the level of action needed. IPM practices dictate the use of the least toxic control methods first. Such methods can include sealing off access points into a building, eliminating sources of food, improving sanitary conditions or setting traps. School should use pesticides to control pests only as a last resort only after making sure the ingredients are not linked to health problems.

IPM is an essential Oregon pest control approach that is more effective than the simple spraying of pesticides. The new pest control practices Oregon schools are adopting will help ensure the highest levels of air quality and a healthy, pest-free environment.

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