Gypsy moths/Peach Trees
Hi! I just planted my first fruit trees last spring, and know less than everyone on this forum about how to care for them! Last year, even though they were very young, them and one adult tree that was already here were all struck with what I am 90% sure was gypsy moths (thanks to the help of kind people on this forum). Well, this year for whatever reason (mostly absentmindedness) I did not do anything to prevent another infestation of gypsy moths and all my fruit trees already have very small fruit on them (smaller than a marble but close to that). MY QUESTION (finally) IS THIS: Am I too late to prevent gypsy moths from ruining my fruit again this year? Last year, my peaches all appeared to be ripening while quite small, and upon opening them up the seed had been mostly eaten and you could even see a little magot-looking bug inside. Also, the very tips of every branch would die off, then start to grow again somewhere near the end, then that tip would die and so on. 1) Is this gypsy moths? 2.) Is it too late to do anything now since they may already be inside the fruit and/or tree, and 3) (MOST IMPORTANT) If it isn't too late, WHAT SHOULD I USE? Keep in mind I live in a rural area and have no well-stocked professional nursuries....I have walmart, lowes, tractor supply, etc. Anything I can do? THANK YOU SO MUCH....and I will absolutely keep checking back for your answers. Thank-you.