Argentine ants

Fighting Argentine Ants to Assist ACP Biocontrol

Daniel CooperCalifornia Corner, HLB Management, Pests

Agriculture officials and researchers in California have drastically reduced populations of HLB-spreading Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) through biocontrol measures. Now they’re working on ways to control other insects that are intent on protecting the ACP — Argentine ants. Mark Hoddle, professor of Extension in biological control at the University of California, Riverside, Department of Entomology, explained the ACP/Argentine ant dynamics …

biological control

Biological Control Leads to ‘Massive Decline’ in Psyllids

Daniel CooperBiologicals, California Corner

Repeated evaluations throughout California showed “a massive decline – greater than 70%” in HLB-spreading Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) densities since the inception of a biological control program, a researcher reported recently. Mark Hoddle said the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) turned to biocontrol because insecticide spraying wasn’t adequately controlling the psyllid. …