Standard Pest ID and Protection
We are relatively new to fruit gardening and have a number of trees in our orchard at this point (apple, cherry, pear, plum, peach, nectarine). We were wondering what the standard home orchard pest traps would be, and standard systems for pest identification. We have a few leaves with holes in them but nothing extreme. One of our three year old trees was almost entirely destroyed last year by some pest, but we were out of the country and came back to see the after-effects. We would like to stay on top of things this year, and so we are doing walk arounds and close inspections every few days, but still are struggling to see what is eating the leaves.
Is it too late for moth traps? What kind of sticky tape etc do you all use?
And, we have a few light red ants on our trees - i don't think they are the fire ants. Are ants generally bad for fruit trees?