Helopeltis Theivora : Tea Mosquito Bug
The tea mosquito bug (Helopeltis Theivora) is spreading rapidly and affecting tea production in both low and high-elevation plantations in Southern India
- It is a major sucking pest of tea (Camellia sinensis L.) in most tea-producing countries.
- The nymphs and adults of the TMB suck the sap from tender leaves, buds and young shoots, which results in heavy crop losses.
- It can be controlled by using synthetic pesticides.
- However, the 2014 Plant Protection Code (PPC) from the Tea Board of India restricts the use of harmful pesticides to keep the tea safe and free from harmful pesticides