TAP Sampling for Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) Field Sheet1

Phil Stansly and Jawwad A. Qureshi 2

Monitoring ACP populations is an important tool in the integrated management of citrus greening. The most efficient way to estimate field populations of this insect is by monitoring adults. Tap sampling has proven to provide data needed to make informed decisions for managing this insect pest. Other pest and beneficial insects and mites may fall on the sheet and can also be counted. We recommend 10 tap samples in each of the 10 locations per block, 5 on the periphery and 5 in the interior. ACP tends to accumulate on the block periphery, which therefore may require more frequent sprays. For directions on how to sample and what to look for when sampling, click here to view the pdf.

Footnotes

1. This document is ENY-887, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2016. Reviewed March 2019. Visit the EDIS website at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu for the currently supported version of this publication.
2. Phil Stansly, professor deceased, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL 34142; and Jawwad A. Qureshi, assistant professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF/IFAS Indian Research and Education Center, Ft. Pierce, FL 34945.