Doesn’t that sound like some fantastic Harry Potter creature? Yeah, well that’s what my new Grenache vines appear to have. I found these tiny little bugs and white hairy web things on the underside of some of the leaves, so I did some research on grape pests and these guys seem to match up the best. Aphids were my second guess but, to be honest, the name is not nearly as cool. Check out some of the other things that like to mess with grapes:
Bot Canker, Botrytis Bunch Rot, Crown Gall, Downy Mildew, Eutypa Dieback, Phomopsis Cane and Leafspot… J.K. Rowling, are you getting this?
I’m pretty bummed, actually, and not sure what to do other than hope that the bugs scatter when the rainy weather starts up. Here’s the kind of advice that you can find online: “Manage webspinning spider mites in a vineyard by integrating biological, cultural and chemical controls.” I think I understand biological and chemical controls, but cultural? Are you telling me that I need to take my vines to the opera? Because I will, you know.
I’m not really into chemicals, and we all saw how well my biological experiment with ant control worked out, so maybe I’ll look into tickets to Otello. I’ve transplanted Blanc et Noir into temporary planters, so I may have to buy three seats.