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Tree Care for Peach Tree Borers

by on October 14, 2011

Peach trees often fall victim to the destruction of many harmful insects, but peach tree borers are especially common and should be eliminated as soon as they are detected. However, the best tree care is prevention. Here is some information on what peach tree borers are and how to provide adequate tree care to stop them from harming your peach trees.

Many insects that live and feed off of trees are often difficult to detect because they live under the bark or bore within the tree, and the peach tree borer is no exception. These clear-winged moths find their way under the bark and subsist on the sapwood. The insects themselves look similar to wasps and if you happen to notice them flying around your peach tree, take action immediately. Once the moth lays her eggs underneath the bark of the tree, it will be difficult to treat because of the inability to get insecticides into that area. The eggs are also laid in the soil surrounding the tree.

Once they have hatched, the larvae begin boring through the tree. This boring disrupts the tree’s vascular system, which is responsible for getting water and nutrients to different sections of the tree. Without proper nutrition, the leaves will wilt and fall away and the fruit will not grow. Without adequate tree care, the tree will eventually die.

Tree care professionals recommend spraying insecticides containing permethrin, esfenvalerate and carbaryl in July and August. This preventative tree care measure will eliminate the eggs and larvae. Tree care specialists also suggest using insecticides that are specifically designed to combat peach tree borer populations. The best solution is to have a professional tree care company protect your fruit trees from these and other harmful insects.

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