Mating Disruption for Vine Mealybug
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
250 per acre
The addition of CheckMate® VMB-XL into a comprehensive IPM program cuts Vine mealybug damage by up to 75%.
% Grape Damage
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
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.
Identification of Vine Mealybug
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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.