Cowaramup Agencies is conducting a refresher session for wine growers on this season’s insect pests and organic (and other) controls in the vineyard.

This session will capture critical information about insect pressure in the Margaret River region this season, when to expect it and solutions for control of pests like snails, weevils, mealybug and others. The session covers:

  • Lifecycles and optimum times for number reduction
  • Insect species to watch for
  • Strategies for preparedness
  • Beneficial insects and tips for their survival
  • Best organic options


  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021
  • 2pm
  • Overstory vineyard, 169 Clews Rd just off Brockman Road, Cowaramup
  • Presentations / Discussions / Field walk
  • Stay back to with your peers to enjoy refreshments and nibbles
  • RSVPs essential: Friday, 13 August


Cowaramup Agencies’ viticulture specialist Mike Sleegers is joined by:

Alison Mathews, Research Scientist

Insects & Disease, Horticulture & Irrigated Agriculture

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Alison Mathews is a Development Officer with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) in Western Australia, based at Manjimup. Alison has over 12 years of experience in horticultural research and extension. Alison now works in the area of horticultural pest management, most recently working on projects with the avocado, apple and truffle industries, developing and extending sustainable pest management practices. Alison worked alongside Stewart Learmonth prior to his retirement in 2020 as part of succession planning to ensure continuing entomological expertise within DPIRD to support horticultural industries in south west Western Australia.

Dan Papacek, Entomologist Director

Bugs for Bugs

Dan is an entomologist and director of Bugs for Bugs, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents. He has been involved in integrated pest management (IPM) and has managed beneficial insect mass rearing projects since 1978.
Dan conducts ongoing research and development into biological control and fruit fly management and provides contract research in the field of integrated pest management.
Bugs for Bugs offers a crop monitoring service to assist growers in achieving good IPM and has provided IPM consulting services in countries such as Thailand, Jordan and Morocco.