Insects including katydids, earwigs, and citrus thrips attack young citrus fruit early in the season, shortly after petal fall. The feeding damage caused by these pests can leave scars on the rind that persist to harvest. Surface scarring can prompt a citrus packinghouse to downgrade fruit from "fancy" to "choice," or even "juice." For each pest, unique treatment options are available; likewise, unique management approaches are recommended. Correctly identifying the pests and their associated damage is the first step to responding appropriately.
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