High populations of pepper weevil are being reported in various fields across South Florida, according to the South Florida Pest and Disease Hotline.
Populations are high in all locations across the Southwest Florida region. Some younger plantings may not be harvested at all due to most fruit being infested. Adult pepper weevils are feeding on buds and flowers.
The same observations are being reported along the East Coast. Small limb fruit are being attacked in all locations. Respondents note that populations continue to be high in the Homestead, Florida, area as well, with 1 to 4 infested fruit per plant.
Moderate populations are observed in Central Florida. Larvae and adults have been reported in fruit. Growers should continue to scout as populations are expected to increase significantly in the next few weeks.