Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Florida Hemp and Spittle Bugs, How Bird Feeders Help IPM

Florida Hemp & Spittle Bug Damage

We love bugs but manage Two-lined Spittle bugs, Prosapia bicincta, as they can devastate #hemp plants by injecting toxins into leaves & stems, producing white spittle looking bubbles across leaves, turning plants brown, eventually killing them. We use Neem oil spray & sticky cards at first sign of spittle bugs. Bird feeders in cultivation area are an excellent #IPM approach as birds usually eat Spittle bugs.

Assassin & minute pirate bugs &spiders devour SB nymphs too, so plant beneficial insect friendly native plants for an optimum Integrated Pest Management approach.

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