As the leaves begin to change and the grapes ripen on the vines, wineries across the country prepare for one of the most critical periods of the year: fall harvesting. This season is not only a time of celebration but also a time when wineries face unique pest challenges that can threaten the quality and quantity of their precious grape harvest. At Sprague, we understand the importance of protecting your Winery during this crucial time, and we’re here to help you navigate the common pests that pose a threat during fall.
The Fall Challenge
Fall is synonymous with grape harvesting, a process that requires meticulous attention to detail and hard work. However, this season and the processing of your grapes also attracts a variety of pests that can wreak havoc on your product if left unaddressed. Here are some of the most common pests wineries encounter during this period:
- Flies: Flies such as Drosophila (Vinegar flies) can begin infesting grapes before they are harvested and are attracted to the harvested grapes and processing equipment.
- Yellow Jackets and Wasps: These aggressive insects are attracted to the sugars in the harvested grapes, the pressed juice and spillage in the winery. They can be a nuisance to workers processing the harvest.
- Rodents: As the temperature drops, rodents seek shelter in and around wineries, potentially contaminating grape bins and equipment.
- Birds: Birds are drawn to wineries, feeding on harvested grapes, and roosting in the structures causing contamination with their feathers and droppings
How Sprague Protects Wineries
At Sprague, we offer comprehensive pest control solutions specifically tailored to the unique need of each winery, regardless of size, during the fall harvesting season:
- Pest Identification and Assessment: Our expert field teams conduct thorough inspections to identify the pests present in your winery buildings and assess the extent of the infestation.
- Customized Pest Management Plans: We develop customized pest management plans that address the specific needs of your winery, taking into consideration your processing methods.
- Environmentally Friendly Solutions: We prioritize eco-friendly and sustainable pest control methods to protect your winery and the surrounding ecosystem.
- Preventative Measures: We implement preventative measures to stop pests from gaining access to your grapes and facilities, including the installation of exclusion barriers and traps.
- Education and Training: We provide education and training for your staff to help them identify and address potential pest issues promptly.
- Monitoring and Maintenance: We offer ongoing monitoring and maintenance services to ensure that your winery buildings remain pest-free throughout the harvest season and beyond.
Fall harvesting is a time of celebration and hard work in the world of winemaking, but it’s also a period when wineries face unique pest challenges. With Sprague by your side, you can protect your precious grape harvest from common pests and ensure the quality and quantity of your wine production. Don’t let pests spoil your vintage; choose Sprague and safeguard your winery’s success during this critical season.