The grape root borer, (GRB) Vitacea polistiformis Harris, is the key pest of grapes in Florida (Liburd & Seferina 2004) and Georgia (Weihman 2005) and an important pest in North Carolina (Pearson & Schal 1999) and South Carolina (Pollet 1975).
Entire vineyards have been destroyed in Florida, and the grape root borer was cited as the reason for cessation of grape production in South Carolina (Pollet 1975).
Damage impact of larval feeding of the grape root borer in a commercial Concord grape vineyard.
Of course, grape root borer
has a lot to do with that, but I am still undecided whether the borer kills them or just finishes them off after they have grown too weak to outgrow the gnawing."
Status of the grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) management and feasibility of control of disruption of mating communication.
Synanthedon Washington Trece, DWB 4 7 scitula Carroll 2 3 Faulkner 1 1 Abbreviations: BC: Oak, Rhododendron, Ash, Banded Ash, Lilac borer; GRB: Grape Root Borer; SVB: Squash Vine Borer; RCB: Raspberry Crown Borer; RCW: Raspberry Clearwing; GPTB: Greater Peach Tree Borer; LPTB: Lesser Peach Tree Borer; DWB: Dogwood Borer.
Sixteen vineyards from 4 grape-growing regions across Florida were evaluated for seasonal distribution and presence of grape root borer (GRB), Vitacea polistiformis Harris (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), during 2003 and 2004.
Key Words: grape root borer, Vitacea polistiformis, seasonal distribution, monitoring, pheromones, trapping
Grape root borer ceased activity during the first week of Oct for most Panhandle vineyards.
James Thomas of Countryside Vineyards & Winery in Tennessee reported major problems with black rot and grape root borer
. "Grape root borer
continues to be a serious problem in the Southeast," he said.
Roger Williams of the Entomology Department at the OSU/OARDC was conducting research to determine the extent to which vineyards in Ohio may be infested with grape root borer
. The area is much greater than was once thought and extends all across the southern part of the state (from Columbus south).
Other insect pests are cutworms, flea beetles, grape root borers
and grape scales.