Two Michigan peach orchards were sampled for leafhoppers using a fixed-area ground sampling device attached to a D-vac®. Absolute abundance estimates indicated that routine tree insecticide applications greatly depressed leafhopper populations. This, and the fact that no resident, known vectors of the X-disease pathogen were detected, suggests that increasing insecticide applications to check the spread of the disease through vector control would be ineffective.
Mowry, Thomas M. and Whalon, Mark E.
"Comparison of Leafhopper Species Complexes in the Ground Cover of Sprayed and Unsprayed Peach Orchards in Michigan (Homoptera: Cicadellldae),"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 17
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol17/iss4/4