Management of olive lace bug

Management of olive lace bug
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Every year I receive several emails like the one above concerning Olive Lace Bug (OLB). It is a serious olive tree pest which can cause heavy defoliation and total crop failure if not managed effectively. Effective control depends just as much on ensuring your olive trees are in optimal healthy as it does on controlling the numbers of OLB by a well-timed spraying regime. The three most important areas to focus on are:

  1. Tree Health
  2. Spotting OLB early in the Spring
  3. Early, Effective use of insecticide sprays

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