Recent Rains Helping with Spider Mite Infestations

Jim Rogers Georgia, Pests

By Clint Thompson This week’s rainfall in South Georgia should help alleviate the current pest pressure associated with spider mite infestations. Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist, confirmed the spider mite infestations have been impactful this spring, mostly due to the prolonged drought throughout most of the region. “The only thing I’ve had reported recently is …

Insect Populations Increasing Amid Hot, Dry Conditions

Jim Rogers Georgia, Pests, Research

By Clint Thompson Hot temperatures and little rainfall could be a recipe for increased insect pressure in Georgia. Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist, discusses what vegetable growers should be scouting for as the calendar turns to May. “Squash bugs are picking up, because they’re coming out of overwintering. We’re seeing squash bugs and squash bug …

Pepper Weevil Management: Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

Jim Rogers Peppers, Pests, Vegetables

By Clint Thompson It is better for growers to be proactive instead of reactive when managing pepper weevils in their vegetable crops. That is the approach Southeast growers should utilize this spring, says Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Extension vegetable entomologist. “Pepper weevils, we are definitely overwintering them. We’ve documented that for the last three or four years now where …