जैतून स्केल

Class: कीड़े
Common Name: जैतून स्केल
Scientific Name: Parlatoria oleae
Potential Host:

Olives, plum, pear, and apple

Who Am I?

The olive scale, Parlatoria oleae is a soft scale insect belonging to the Coccidae family. Adults are 2-3 mm long with oval, reddish bodies covered by a waxy layer that gives them a grayish-white color. Adult females cover their eggs and remain mostly immobile. The first instars (“crawlers”) emerge from the eggs and immediately search for a spot to feed on. Olive scale feeds on twigs and leaves, but it prefers to feed on fruit when fruit is present.

Infested fruits will develop purple spots that are most likely noticed during harvest time. The formation of purple spots on green fruits makes them unsuitable for most markets. Intense infestations can significantly lower tree productivity.

Control Measures

जैतून स्केल का रसायन नियंत्रण कीट विकास नियंत्रक पायरीप्रोक्सीफेन पर आधारित उत्पादों के इर्द-गिर्द ही होता है। इस कारण समयोचित संप्रयोग अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि कीट-नाशक केवल रेंगने वाले जीवों पर ही प्रभावकारी होते हैं।

Caution and careful notice should be taken when using any plant protection products (insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides). It is the grower’s sole responsibility to keep track of the legal uses and permissions with respect to the laws in their country and destination markets. Always read the instructions written on labels, and in a case of contradiction, work in accordance to the product label. Keep in mind that information written on the label usually applies to local markets. Pest control products intended for organic farming are generally considered to be less effective in comparison to conventional products. When dealing with organic, biologic, and to some extent a small number of conventional chemical products, a complete eradication of a pest or disease will often require several iterations of a specific treatment or combination of treatments.

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