Temperatures Changing Pest Management Systems

Taylor Hillman Environment, Weather

Airplane spraying pesticides over a farm field
Pests are adapting to the warmer temperatures of climate change.

Changing Management Systems

Growers will need to rethink their pest management systems as pests are beginning to show up earlier in the year and reproduce longer. UC Riverside Entomology Professor John Trumble says pests are adapting very quickly to warmer temperatures associated with climate change. Trumble says that if growers are able to extend their season because of the temperatures, so can the pests. Growers will have to adapt their management systems, and some current successful methods may not be as effective with a longer season.