Springtime & GWSS...
Last year there were several instances of Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (GWSS) eggs being shipped into Napa and Sonoma Counties on landscaping from southern California. As the weather warms up, and the rains (and snow!) subside, shipments will increase to the northern nurseries as it has in the past. Hopefully, this year there won’t be any such instances, but it’s better to be prepared. And maybe – just maybe – the people doing the inspections down south will get it right 100% of the time this year.
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And with a slightly early spring and plenty of water this past season, there’s a possibility that there has been better over-winter survival, and the potential for more habitat for this pest to utilize.
This is not a situation I like at all. It's time again to get the homeguard armed and posted in the field!