Agriculture: Potato Pest Management Guidelines


Use these guidelines for a monitoring-based IPM program to effectively manage pests, while reducing the risks of pesticides on the environment and human health.

When a pesticide application is considered, review the Pesticide Application Checklist for information on how to minimize the risks of pesticide use to water and air quality. Water quality can be impaired when pesticides drift into waterways or when they move off-site. Air quality can be impaired when pesticide applications release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere.

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of both commercial and seed potato production fields in California. Details on carrying out each practice and information on additional pests can be found in the UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Potato. Track your progress through the year with this annual checklist form. Color photo identification sheets and examples of monitoring forms can be found at the forms and photo identification pages.  

To be used with Integrated Pest Management for Potatoes, UC ANR Publication 3316.

Text Updated: 08/19