Agriculture: Avocado Pest Management Guidelines

Manipulating Cultural Practices and Growing Conditions

  Cultural Practices and Growing Conditions
PEST OR PROBLEM AC BV DC FZ IA IW HM ML PR RP RC SN SC SS SP WP
DISEASES
Armillaria root rot                                
avocado black streak                                
bacterial canker                                
branch canker and dieback                                
fruit and stem-end rots                                
Phytophthora canker, crown rot                                
Phytophthora root rot                                
sunblotch                                
Verticillium wilt                                
DISORDERS
aeration, root asphyxiation                                
frost tolerance                                
nutrient disorders                                
poor drainage                                
salinity                                
sunburn                                
INVERTEBRATES
avocado brown mite                                
avocado thrips               ?                
caterpillars such as amorbia and omnivorous looper                                
glassy-winged sharpshooter                                
greenhouse thrips                                
Homoptera                                
persea mite                                
pests of young trees only                                
sixspotted mite                                
OTHER
vertebrates                                
water contamination, soil loss                                
weeds                                
AC = ant control
BV = border vegetation management
DC = dust control
FZ = fertilization
IA = irrigation amount and frequency
IW = irrigation water quality
HM = harvest methods and timing
ML = mulching
PR = pruning
RP = rootstock certified pathogen-free
RC = rootstock cultivar
SN = sanitation
SC = scion cultivar
SS = site selection
SP = soil preparation
WP = water placement, irrigation method
? = the effectiveness of mulching for thrips control is uncertain
  = cultural practices and growing conditions that can be manipulated to control pests
Text Updated: 09/16