As part of the fight against the marble bug in the Samegrelo region (Western Georgia), territories are being treated with thermal fog


As part of the fight against the marble bug in the Samegrelo region (Western Georgia), territories are being treated with thermal fog

06/23/2020

Despite the fact that the number of marble bugs this season is much less than in previous years, cases of pest detection, including in hazelnut gardens, are not isolated.

In the Samegrelo region (Western Georgia), chemical treatment of territories is carried out as part of comprehensive measures to combat the marble bug.

According to the Georgian National Food Agency, last night a regional group of the Coordination Center for Combating Marble Bedbugs conducted thermal fogging of the inner perimeter of Poti. As the Agency explained, the processing began with Poti, since it was on the territory of this city that the most pests were recorded as a result of monitoring. Phased work will cover all the municipalities in the region. Processing with thermal fog is carried out in the evening and at night, taking into account the interests of beekeepers – at this time of day the bees are in their hives.

Samegrelo region is the main supplier to the market of Georgian hazelnuts. According to the Association of Hazelnut Producers, despite the fact that the number of marble bugs this season is much smaller than in previous years, cases of pests, including in hazelnut gardens, are not isolated. The Association encouraged farmers to conduct appropriate processing of their gardens at the recommended time in parallel with government events.

Monitoring of the prevalence of the bug is carried out in the country in a continuous mode. In each of the regions of Western Georgia (bugs are not common in Eastern Georgia) pheromone traps are established. The monitoring results are recorded in the daily updated electronic database of the Coordination Center.

The complex of state measures to combat the marble bug includes 4 main areas, these are: an active information campaign among the population, monitoring (establishing the distribution range of the marble bug, monitoring the life cycle, population dynamics, etc.), measures to control the population (in in particular, chemical treatment of territories), as well as research work (on the use of bioagents that adversely affect the population of marble bugs, biological plant protection products, etc.).

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As part of the fight against the marble bug in the Samegrelo region (Western Georgia), territories are being treated with thermal fog