Spinach seed-European cranefly

Tipula paludosa

Pest description and crop damage Small, gray-brown, worm-like larvae that develop a tough skin and are commonly called leatherjackets. They feed on clover and a number of vegetables.

Management-chemical control

  • azadirachtin (Neemix) at 4 to 10 fl oz/a (0.012 to 0.031 lb ai/a). PHI 0 days. REI 4 hr. Begin applications at first sign of infestation. Multiple applications and thorough coverage are necessary for effective control. Apply every 7 to 10 days as needed. This botanical pesticide acts slowly. Spray early, well before harvest, and check for effect. Some formulations are OMRI-listed for organic use.

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