The glassy-winged sharpshooter is a serious agricultural pest in
California. When feeding, it can transmit Pierce's Disease to grapevines, and
other diseases to almond trees, alfalfa, and oleanders. First identified in the
State in 1990, this insect has spread throughout Southern California and into
the San Joaquin Valley. In 2001, the glassy-winged sharpshooter was discovered
in Santa Clara County. Since then, six infestations have been detected
and eradicated within the County -- the last of which was eradicated in 2017.
Currently, the Division conducts exclusion and detection activities to
keep Santa Clara County free of this pest.
What should you do if you think you've seen the glassy-winged
sharpshooter in your yard?
Collect/photograph the insect and closely compare it to the
pictures at this or other websites.
If you believe that you have caught a glassy-winged
sharpshooter, please call our office. Photographs of suspect glassy-winged
sharpshooters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org