University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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IPM introduces pheromones to confuse bugs, disrupt their mating

Trap for peach twig borer

As health concerns about pesticide use grew in the 1980s, several UCCE advisors and specialists began to look at new ways to control pests without the use of chemicals. This group was the first to look at disruption of a pest’s mating system as a way to prevent the pest from breeding. The first commercial orchard to implement this control method was a Merced County peach orchard under the supervision of two UCCE advisors. The method has since become so popular that today it is foundational for organic growers and is a core component of any Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

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