Adult pepper weevils have been caught in some of the traps that are set at or near produce handling facilities in southern New Jersey. Since Florida vegetable crops newsletters indicate severe populations of pepper weevils in some regions of that state, this is not surprising. Pepper weevils escaping into the environs around these facilities may be a problem if they are able to find solanaceous weeds before crops like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant are transplanted.
We will report weekly the numbers of weevils caught in the area and their general location in a map like the one here. Between April 17 and April 28, 5 weevils have been caught. Pepper farmers near these areas should consider monitoring for the presence of weevil once they have transplanted their peppers to the field. For more information contact Joe Ingerson-Mahar at firstname.lastname@example.org