Pest Species

False Codling Moth

Thaumatotibia leucotreta
False Codling Moth

South Africa

Northern Cape

Control Measure


  • 2002 Sterile Insect Technique program initiated
  • 2005 First releases of irradiated T. leucotreta
  • 2006, the private company Xsit (Pty) Ltd. was established to manage
    production, sterilization, and release of sterile T. leucotreta in the Citrusdal
  • 2018 Xsit provided sterile insects on a weekly basis to cover more than 18 000

Learn More

The suppression of the False Codling Moth in South Africa using an AW-IPM approach with a SIT component

N. Boersma,  AREA-WIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: Development and Field Application,  2021.
The false codling moth, Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), is native to subSaharan Africa, where it infests various commercial, and wild, fruit-bearing plants. This major pest is not present in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and therefore has ...