Common Seasonal Fruit Tree Pests

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by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)

Despite the time you spend taking care of your fruit trees, there will be times that your trees will still be hit with pest infestations. This is only natural. Nonetheless, you need to address any kind of pest problems as soon as possible.

Even though some pests only cause superficial damage, other insects can cause quite an injury to both the fruits and the tree itself.

Among the more pesky ones are the grass grub beetles, codlin moth, leaf hoppers, spider mites and aphids. These pests often appear during warmer weather.

If left unchecked these insects multiply quite quickly and can pose a real problem during the end of summer. The codlin moth, for example, often attack apples and pears and can wreck havoc to the fruits.

It seems that apples attract more than just codlin moths. It is known that larvae from flies also burrow into the fruit, feed on the flesh eventually ruining the harvest.

The grass grub beetles, on the other hand attach the leaves of citrus trees along with other kinds of plants. And because each female beetle can lay 300 eggs with short incubation periods, your citrus plants could be in serious trouble by summer’s end.

Another kind of beetle known as the plum curculio is the main enemy of apricots. The beetle, just like the moths and flies, bore their larvae into the fruit. The fruits infected with eh larvae will never reach maturity. They will drop off the branches way before they mature and ripen.

Cherry trees have a different kind of problem, bigger than your garden variety insects I’m afraid. Cherry trees during fruit season often attract birds in the nearby area. The cherry fruits seem to be attractive to birds especially when they begin to ripen and turn red.

If birds are not your problem, maggots would be the next in line enemy of your cherries. These maggot burrow into the fruit and cause them to drop off from the tree way before they ripen.

Another seasonal fruit tree that you need to pay close attention to are peach trees. These fruit trees have higher chances of pest infestations than other fruit trees.

From its growing stage to its fruit bearing years, the peach tree is susceptible to peach tree borers. These borers would attach the bottom of the tree trunk and continue burrowing under the bark.

Each of these pests can be addressed with organic pest controls. The trick is to spot them early to avoid having an infestation out of control.

Updated: April 18, 2013 — 1:04 pm

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