Sharpshooter closely monitored by county |

Sharpshooter closely monitored by county

The glass-winged sharpshooter hasn’t appeared in Nevada County and may not be able to survive our winters, but it could still devastate local vineyards, county Agriculture Commissioner Paul Boch said Monday.

Boch said the sharpshooter hasn’t shown up in local insect traps in the five years his office has been looking for it, and that his office closely monitors shipments of ornamental flowers from Southern California for signs of the pest. The sharpshooter has been found in 120 different plants.

“We don’t know if it can survive our winters, but it can do considerable damage in the other three seasons,” Boch said. “This is a situation we’re watching closely.”

A colony of the insects, which spread the vine-destroying Pierce’s disease, was found in Vacaville last week, about 30 miles from Napa. Sharpshooter infestations have already decimated vineyards in Southern California but have been found in only a few isolated spots in the north, including Butte County.

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