Reflective mulches foil insects
Nick Toscano, Extension Entomologist
Jeff Wyman, Entomology and Assistant Entomologist
Ken Kido, UC Riverside
Hunter Johnson, UC Riverside
Keith Mayberry, Imperial County
California Agriculture 33(7):17-19. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v033n07p17.
Use of reflective mulches (aluminum-coated paper and white polyethylene plastic) has been successful in deceiving aphids that would transmit watermelon mosaic virus to summer squash. Mineral oil sprays applied to foliage also prevent aphids from inoculating plants with virus.
Nick C. Toscano, is Extension Entomologist, U.C., Riverside; Jeff Wyman is Assistant Professor of Entomology and Assistant Entomologist, U.C., Riverside; Ken Kido is Extension Staff Research Associate, U.C, Riverside; Hunter Johnson, Jr. is Extension Vegetable Specialist, U.C., Riverside; Keith May berry is Extension Farm Advisor, Imperial County.