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Crop Management

Pests affecting vanilla

Sl. No. Pest attack Name of the pest Symptoms Control measures
1
Vanilla bug
Halyomorpha spp. , Picus spp.
Sucks the sap from the vegetative bud and inflorescence leading to rotting
Collect the egg mass at first nymph stage in Nov-Feb
2
Vanilla vine weevil
Sipalus sp.
Black coloured weevil bores into and eats tender stem and leaves
Collect and destroy the weevils during adult stage during Nov-Feb.
3
Beetle
Saula ferruginea
Adults cut through the leaf from the lower surface eating the entire leaf tissue except the thick translucent cuticle of epidermis
Collect and destroy or spray 0.1 percent Malathion
4
White grubs
Scarabaeidae
Feeds on roots and destroys them
Drench the soil at the base with 0.05 percent Chloropyriphos.
5
Caterpillar
Plusia aurifera
Light greenish caterpillars feed on vegetative shoots and first leaf forming a web in between
Collect and destroy.
6
Achatina
Achatina spp.
Feed on the young shoots and leaves which turn whitish
Collect and destroy. Avoid mulch material that do not decompose easily. Spray sevin dust.

 

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