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Agricultural Division

Pest Detection

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This is a proactive program to detect pests before they become established. Traps are monitored throughout the county for the presence of exotic pests of agriculture, such as Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Oriental Fruit Fly, Melon Fruit Fly, Gypsy Moth and Japanese Beetle. These insect pests have an enormous host range and are difficult and costly to manage once established. Through early detection, this program is protecting more than agriculture. Limiting the need for pesticide applications protect the environment. Sonoma County has a year round survey program to detect any uncommon plant disease, insect, animal, nematode or weed that may be detrimental to agriculture, ornamental plantings and native flora. To protect our valuable grape industry, we also deploy and inspect traps for European Grapevine Moth and Glassy-winged Sharp Shooter.