- Author: Mark Bolda
Caneberry growers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties are to be reminded that the threat of light brown apple moth (LBAM) has not gone away and that they should maintain or replace the pheromone based twist ties in their fields. Please bear in mind that the ties generally are effective for four months in most conditions. While the weather has become colder and there is little foliage on many blackberry and raspberry varieties, there is still LBAM moth activity on the Central Coast and fields will benefit from having mating disruption deployed.
Likewise for strawberry growers, especially organic growers, it is a very good idea to maintain or replace the twist ties in their fields going into a second year of production.
See photos below for tips on twist tie placement in the field.