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Mating Disruption for Vine Mealybug

CheckMate® VMB-F

The first and only sprayable pheromone product for vine mealybug control

CheckMate® VMB-F is Suterra’s pioneering sprayable pheromone release formulation for vine mealybug (VMB) mating disruption in grapevines.

The world’s first and only sprayable option for VMB control, this product easily fits into growers’ existing integrated pest management (IPM) program. It is tank mixable with common agrochemicals and works well with nearly any water volume.

CheckMate® VMB-F gives growers the flexibility to spray once or multiple times each season depending on the timing and pressure of VMB in their vineyards. Many leading PCAs recommend the addition of CheckMate® VMB-F used with grower spray programs for additional control. CheckMate® VMB-F can be used together with CheckMate® VMB-XL dispensers for a flexible approach against hot spots or extended season control.

Why Growers Choose CheckMate® VMB-F

  • Flexible way to reduce VMB damage
  • Reduces pest populations
  • Fights development of insecticide resistance
  • Prevent virus spread
  • Easy-to-deploy liquid formulation
  • Tank-mixable with common agrochemicals
  • Does not harm beneficial insects
  • Low worker exposure
  • Minimal re-entry and pre-harvest interval

Application Rate

0.9 - 1.8 fl. oz per acre

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Damage Reduction

The addition of CheckMate® VMB-F Flowable into a comprehensive IPM program cuts vine mealybug damage by up to 90%.

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Trap Inhibition

CheckMate® VMB-F Flowable hinders the ability of males to find pheromone traps as compared to areas treated with grower standard practices.

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VMB Trap Captures


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Safety Datasheet

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VMB-F eBook

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Deployment Guide

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Vine Mealybug

(Planococcus ficus)

Wine grapes, table grapes, and raisin grapes

Look throughout your vineyard for honeydew and ant activity on vines

Monitor mating disruption using small paper delta traps with Suterra VMB septa lures

Hang traps in March to detect early activity

One trap per 10-20 acres; at least 2 traps per block

Check traps a minimum of once every 2 weeks, replacing lures monthly

Vine mealybug decreases vine vigor and causes defoliation and grape cluster damage. Treating VMB can reduce the spread of leafroll virus. Impacts of VMB infestation include sooty mold damage on grapes and resulting in quality loss and unmarketable fruit.

Monitoring Guide

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Identification of Vine Mealybug

(Planococcus ficus)

VMB Pest Illustration


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Solutions for Vine Mealybug

Utilizing mating disruption for Vine Mealybug control has never been easier. CheckMate® VMB-F and CheckMate® VMB-XL give you the damage protection you need and the deployment options to fit your IPM program.

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