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UC Pest Management Guidelines


Omnivorous Leafroller

Scientific name: Platynota stultana

(Reviewed 11/12, updated 11/12, corrected 10/16)

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Omnivorous leafroller larvae are cream-colored with black or brown head capsules and resemble other leafrollers, except that they have white oval tubercules at the base of each bristle along the dorsum. Omnivorous leafrollers are more common in interior valleys and southern California mountain orchards, especially those next to vineyards, than in orchards in coastal areas or at higher elevations of the Sierra Foothills. Adults may migrate from host plants outside the orchards. Infestations are often spotty, making monitoring difficult. They have three to four generations per year.


Although omnivorous leafroller feeds on both fruit and foliage, it is a minor pest in pear orchards. When larvae feed on fruit, they cause irregular, shallow scars similar to those caused by orange tortrix. Larvae feed where fruit are touching, so entire clusters frequently are damaged.


Omnivorous leafrollers commonly develop on host plants outside the orchard and may move into the orchard in early summer. They are a minor pest of pears. Infestations often are spotty, making monitoring difficult. Watch for leafrollers throughout the season when monitoring for other pests.

Organically Acceptable Methods

Sprays of Bacillus thuringiensis and the Entrust formulation of spinosad are organically acceptable.

Monitoring and Treatment Decisions

If more than one omnivorous leafroller is found when sampling during the cluster stage (see SAMPLING AT BLOOM), consider treating. If only one larva is found, look for this pest again in a week when monitoring for other caterpillars (see SAMPLING DURING FRUIT DEVELOPMENT). One spray should keep omnivorous leafroller under control for the remainder of the season. Treatments are most effective when made around cluster bud.

Common name Amount to use** R.E.I.+ P.H.I.+
(trade name) (conc.) (dilute)
(hours) (days)

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Bee precaution pesticide ratings
The following materials are listed in order of usefulness in an IPM program, taking into account efficacy and impact on natural enemies and honey bees. When choosing a pesticide, also consider information relating to environmental impact. Not all registered pesticides are listed. Always read the label of the product being used.
  (various products) Label rates 4 0
  COMMENTS: Least harmful to beneficials. Bt is a stomach poison and must be consumed by the leafroller. Must be applied when worms are small. A second or third treatment may be required. Apply starting at cluster bud. Most effective if applied when weather forecasts predict 3 to 4 days of warm, dry weather. Larvae are more active and feed more in warm weather than in cooler or rainy weather.
  (Intrepid 2F) 16 fl oz 4 14
  COMMENTS: Functions both as an ovicide (when applied to eggs and when eggs are laid on residues) and as a larvicide. Larvae must ingest it for it to be effective. Treat at early egg hatch before webbing and sheltering begin. Spray coverage is extremely important. Ground application should use 200 gal water/acre with a sprayer speed of 1.5 mph. The addition of a spray adjuvant is recommended to enhance spray coverage.
  (Entrust)# 2–3 oz 0.5–0.75 oz 4 7
  (Success) 6–10 fl oz 2–3.3 fl oz 4 7
  COMMENTS: Apply with oil. Residual efficacy is affected by pH but initial efficacy is not; verify that water pH is greater than 6 and less than 8.
  (Altacor) 3–4.5 oz 4 5
  COMMENTS: Do not apply dilute applications of more than 200 gal/acre; use 100–150 gal/acre for best results.
  (Delegate WG) 4.5–7 oz 4 7
  COMMENTS: Residual efficacy is affected by pH but initial efficacy is not; verify that water pH is greater than 6 and less than 8.
** Dilute rate is the rate per 100 gal water; use 400 gal solution/acre. Apply concentrate in 80–100 gal water/acre, or less if the label allows.
+ Restricted entry interval (R.E.I.) is the number of hours (unless otherwise noted) from treatment until the treated area can be safely entered without protective clothing. Preharvest interval (P.H.I.) is the number of days from treatment to harvest. In some cases the REI exceeds the PHI. The longer of two intervals is the minimum time that must elapse before harvest.
# Acceptable for organically grown produce.
Not recommended or not on label.
1 Rotate chemicals with a different mode-of-action Group number, and do not use products with the same mode-of-action Group number more than twice per season to help prevent the development of resistance. For example, the organophosphates have a Group number of 1B; chemicals with a 1B Group number should be alternated with chemicals that have a Group number other than 1B. Mode of action Group numbers are assigned by IRAC (Insecticide Resistance Action Committee). For additional information, see their Web site at



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UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Pear
UC ANR Publication 3455

Insects and Mites

L. G. Varela, UC IPM Program, UC Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
R. B. Elkins, UC Cooperative Extension, Lake County
R. A. Van Steenwyk, Insect Biology, UC Berkeley
C. Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension, Sacramento County
Acknowledgment for contributions to Insects and Mites:
C. Pickel, UC IPM Program, UC Cooperative Extension, Sutter/Yuba counties
P. W. Weddle, Weddle, Hansen & Associates
R. Hansen, Weddle, Hansen & Associates
P. Chevalier, United Ag Products, Ukiah
M. Hooper, Ag Unlimited, Lakeport
B. Knispel, Pest Control Adviser, Upper Lake
T. Lidyoff, Purity Products, Healdsburg
G. McCosker, Harvey Lyman Agservices, Walnut Grove
B. Oldham, Ag Unlimited, Ukiah
J. Sisevich, AgroTech, Kelseyville (retired)
D. Smith, Western Farm Service, Walnut Grove
B. Zoller, The Pear Doctor, Inc., Kelseyville

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