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Insect Pest Monitoring in Arkansas

This interactive map of Arkansas shows locations of various insect trapping efforts by Extension Specialists and County Agents. When a location is clicked, the map will populate with insect trap data for that region to help indicate pest presence or absence. You can zoom in and out using the map features on the top left of the map. Additionally, click the >> arrows to access the map Legend. We monitor for Tomato Fruitworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea), Melonworm (Diaphania hyalinata), Squash Vine Borer (Melittia cucurbitae), Cabbage Looper (Trichoplusia ni) and many other pest species in fruit and vegetables every year. We are now monitoring for Tomato Fruitworm as of the week of April 8th, with data being updated weekly.

Pest Alerts!

  • New factsheets are available! Learn more about broad mite in Arkansas blackberries, building a strawberry specific sprayer, and developing a sustainable fungicide spray program to prevent fruit rot in Southeast strawberries. See the resource section below!

  • Many locations are nearing 750 GDD (Base 50°F) accumulation which means you should be on the lookout for squash vine borers. If you're growing squash, now is a good time to get out and scout for SVB eggs on undersides of stems, leaf stalks, and near the flowers. 

Growing Degree Days (Base 50°F, beginning January 1)

With the recent warm weather we are starting to track GDDs for the emergence of squash vine borer. We expect to see adult SVB moths at 750-1000 GDD (Base 50°F).  Some locations are nearing the 750 GDD accumulation for SVB. Click here to view our Managing Squash Vine Borer in Arkansas Factsheet!

GDDs as of 4/15/2024

  • Kibler - 736
  • Clarksville- 596
  • Hope- 718
  • Little Rock- 803
  • Fayetteville- 605
  • Jonesboro- 526

Insect, Disease and Irrigation Monitoring Resources



Key Pests - Click on the image of each pest to learn more about them!

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Squash Vine Borer
Photo: A. Cato

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Tomato Fruitworm
Photo: A. Cato

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Melonworm Moth
Photo: A. Cato

Cabbage Looper on Plant

Cabbage Looper
Photo: A. Cato

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Photo: A. Cato

Spotted-wing drosophilaSpotted Wing Drosophila

Photo: Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University,

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Greater Peachtree Borer
Photo: Clemson University,

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Plum Curculio
Photo: E. Levine, The Ohio State University,

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Grape Berry Moth
Photo:Mark Dreiling,

Picture of Grape Root Borer. Photo by UGA

Grape Root Borer
Photo: UGA,

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Oriental Fruit Moth
Photo: Pest and Diseases Image Library,


Aaron Cato
Extension IPM Specialist

Phone:  479-249-7352

Twitter: @AaronJCato


University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension State Office

2301 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204

Ryan Keiffer
Program Associate - Horticulture IPM

Phone:  501-747-6694


University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension State Office

2301 S University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72204