These practices are recommended for a monitoring-based IPM program that enhances the use of IPM practices to reduce the risks of pesticides on the environment and human health. This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of avocados in California. Details on carrying out each practice, example monitoring forms, and information on additional pests can be found in the Avocado Pest Management Guidelines.
Proactive Surveys for Incipient Populations of the Avocado Seed Moth, Stenoma catenifer, in California
Stenoma catenifer, the avocado seed moth, has been identified as an exotic pest that has the potential to enter and establish in California because of imports of fresh avocado fruit from Mexico and other Central and South American countries where this pest is endemic (e.g., Peru). This moth has been subject to extensive study in Guatemala over a 2.5 year period. One of the major outcomes of this work has been the isolation, identification, and successful field evaluation of the sex pheromone of this pest.