Twig boring maggots and Spinosad
As some of you know, I have recently planted out a big sample orchard in my backyard. I have peaches, plums, apricots, apriums, cherries, etc. in a small space, BYOC style.
I have been lucky enough not to need any sprays up till now, but the time has come (inevitably).
All the stone fruits are afflicted with a maggot(larve) that is boring into the ends of the new branch growth tips. The tip then wits and dies. Upon opening the removed tip, there is a larve that has burrowed into the tip about 1-2". The peaches and nectarines are effected the most.
My guess is oriental fruit moth? your thoughts?
I just started a spinosad treatment schedule (once a week, total of 5 times) to get rid of the june bugs munching on my leaves, and citrus leaf miner. Will Spinosad prevent new tips from being infected with this maggot?
when should I start this treatment schedule next year as preventative maintainence?