Insect Trapping Program

Insects trapped by the Insect Trapping ProgramDespite regulations and best practices to keep them out, non-native insects sometimes invade California. The Lake County Department of Agriculture conducts a comprehensive program to detect pests that may have inadvertently entered our county. Our goal is to identify and eliminate foreign pest populations before they become established.

Our early warning system uses a variety of insect traps placed throughout the county. These traps are designed to attract specific insects and are positioned in or near food sources, such as crape myrtle for glassy-winged sharpshooter, ripe fruit trees for Mediterranean Fruit Fly, or vegetable gardens for Melon Fly.

Visual inspections are also conducted on a continual basis throughout the county for prohibited weeds, vertebrate pests, and plant diseases.

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

  • Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter
  • Spongy Moth
  • Japanese Beetle
  • Mediterranean Fruit Fly
  • Melon Fruit Fly
  • Oriental Fruit Fly
  • Vine Mealybug
  • Asian Citrus Psyllid

Our insect trapping crew must check the traps weekly for potential invaders. If you have any concerns about a trap that has been placed in your yard, please contact our office at 707-263-0217.

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