Questions about using Imidan to control Plum Curculio
I really like to grow everything organically, but it is a real challenge to grow fruit this way. My two main insect pests in the orchard are, Plum Curculio and Apple Maggot Fly. I can get somewhat acceptable control of Apple Maggot Fly with traps and Surround.
My main concern about spraying my fruit trees with chemicals is that I have lots of birds in my yard. I did notice on the label of my Imidan that it would kill any birds nesting in the sprayed area. I bought my Imidan from Gardens Alive! many years ago when they still carried the product. They said that it was the least toxic product to control the Plum Curculio. I think that Imidan is supposed to control Apple Maggot Fly, am I correct about this too.
My questions are; do any of you now how toxic is Imidan to birds? When should I spray my trees with it, when all the petals have dropped? This is probably a very stupid question, but I donÂt have a respirator, would a dust mask be sufficient?
Thanks for any advice youÂll can provide,