Farmers in the region of Preveza âGreece have reported heavy losses due to Tuta absoluta infestation this summer. The pest which arrived around 2009 has been largely been under control using integrated pest management strategies. However, the outbreak this summer seems to take the farmers by surprise.
Combating Tuta absoluta with chemical insecticides should be made with great attention and good rotation, because the insect has shown resistance to many of them. In Preveza there are several indications of the development of insect resistance to insecticides, while in Crete there is evidence, at least for the group of diamides (flubendiamide, chlorantraniliprole).