APHIDS

Tiny, soft insects that cluster on the underside of leaves, stems and buds and suck plant juices. Aphids multiply quickly and with large numbers will rapidly cause a lot of damage to all crops. Feeding Aphids create a sticky residue on plants called honeydew, which may also attract ants. So if you see ants running up and down you tree or shrub stop to see if it is an aphid infestation, before treating. Aphids cause misshapen, curling, stunted or yellow leaves. To help control apply Wilson® BUG-X® Ready to Use Spray, repeating weekly until infestation is controlled.

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CODLING MOTH

Brown-headed, pinkish worms 1 inch long that tunnel into apples, pears and other fruit and nut trees. Tunnels are characterized by dark masses of excrement. Once the worms penetrate the fruit there is no way to kill them. To help prevent and control treat early in the season with a Green Earth® Dormant Spray Kit before the plants buds break open. Once buds are open treat every other week with Wilson® BUG-X® Ready to Use Spray .

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APPLE MAGGOT

These are the larvae of several types of Saw flies. Small white worms infest apple, cherry, peach, pear and other fruit trees. Infected fruit is pitted with brown trails winding through the flesh. There is no way to control fruit maggots after the fruit is infested. To help prevent and control the over-wintering insects early in the season, treat with a Green Earth® Dormant Spray Kit, before the plants buds break open. To help prevent the adult sawfly from laying her eggs on newly emerging / developing fruit begin treating with either Wilson® 50% Malathion or Green Earth® Insecticidal Soap once most of the blossom petals have dropped. Then repeat treatment every 7 to 14 days until two weeks before harvesting your fruit.

PLUM CURCULIO

The Plum Curculio beetle is a major pest to all stone fruit. These dark brown with grey patch beetles will lie dormant in the soil during the winter and emerge as your stone fruits start to blossom. Females lay their eggs in the emerging fruit, which misshapes the fruit as it grows, and allows the eggs to hatch. After emerging as adults, they will feed on ripe or rotting fruit before burrowing into the ground for the winter. To help prevent treat early in the season with a Green Earth® Dormant Spray Kit before the plants buds break open. Once most of the petals have dropped you may begin treating your fruit trees every 7 to 14 days with Wilson® BUG-X® Ready to use spray.

   

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