Pest Detection


This program provides the second line of defense against exotic pests through the early detection of new introductions before they become widely established. Despite established regulations and the best practices employed to keep them out, non-native insects can and do invade California. The Glenn County Department of Agriculture employs a comprehensive program to detect pests that may inadvertently enter our county. The goal of our efforts is to identify and eliminate foreign pest populations before they become established. Traps are located and monitored throughout the entire county for the presence of exotic agricultural pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly, Khapra beetle, and Gypsy moth. These insects have an enormous host range and are very difficult and costly to eradicate once they have become established. Early detection is the key to protect our agricultural industry, the environment, and the consumer.

Our trapping program utilizes a variety of insect traps placed strategically throughout the county. These traps are designed to attract specific insects and are positioned in or near food sources, such as crepe myrtle for Glassy-winged sharpshooter, ripe fruit trees for Mediterranean Fruit Fly, or vegetable gardens for Melon Fly.

The insects we trap for include, but are not limited to: 

You can assist in our efforts by offering your yard or garden as a host site for our trapping program. If you have fruit trees or a vegetable garden, we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in undertaking this task. Traps remain at the host site for approximately 6 to 12 weeks, and are serviced every other week until they are removed at the end of the season. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to call us at (530) 934-6501.

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