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Mating Disruption for Vine Mealybug

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In the spirit of innovation, we are excited to unveil Celada™ VMB. Learn about the next generation of mating disruption dispensers. See how we've reimagined CheckMate® VMB-XL to better meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

CheckMate® VMB-XL

The first long-lasting pheromone solution for vine mealybug control

CheckMate® VMB-XL is Suterra’s long-lasting mating disruption dispenser for control of Vine Mealybug (VMB) in grapevines.

This product utilizes Suterra’s proprietary release technology for continuous release throughout the vineyard. The ergonomically friendly design of CheckMate® VMB-XL makes it fast for workers to deploy. Made with the highest quality pheromone, VMB-XL is the longest lasting dispenser on the market.

Compatible with all Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools, growers appreciate the ease and reliability of this “one and done” hanging product. CheckMate® VMB-XL is the trusted and proven solution to reduce damage caused by vine mealybug.

Why Growers Choose CheckMate® VMB-XL

  • Reduces VMB populations and damage
  • Fights development of insecticide resistance
  • Easy-to-deploy proprietary pheromone release technology
  • One application offers a long-lasting solution; can be used over-winter
  • Compatible with all IPM tools
  • Can be used together with CheckMate® VMB-F
  • Authorized for organic production
  • Does not harm beneficial insects

Application Rate

250 per acre

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Damage Reduction

The addition of CheckMate® VMB-XL into a comprehensive IPM program cuts Vine mealybug damage by up to 75%.

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Trap Inhibition

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

Non Mating Disruption Reference | CheckMate® VMB-XL

VMB Trap Captures


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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

VMB Monitoring Guide

Identification of Vine Mealybug

(Planococcus ficus)

VMB Pest Illustration


Vineyard sprawling over hills in summer.

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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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