Darn peach tree borers!

blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)June 19, 2013

Hi all! Hope all of your gardens are growing well?

Alot of my new growth on my two peach trees has been infested by peach tree borers!! The tips oon alot of my new branches have had to be cut short because of that darn little bug!

I have about 4-5 good scaffolds forming on one 3 year old tree and they got to a nice length before the bug got to some of them at the tip, while on my other tree it seems that alot of branches at the tips are getting infested every day.

Question is, once they are in the tips can I kill them with liquid seven? They are not in more than half an inch if even that. I have been cutting them out but that ruins the growth of the branches. It seems they are really heavy this year.

Is there a spray or powder that can prevent this? Something I can get from Home Depot or OSH? And once they get into the tips, can I use a spray to kill them? Or do I have to cut them out?

Thank You :-)

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Not peach tree borer. It's either peach twig borer or Oriental fruit moth.

Here is a link that might be useful: peach twig borer

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:01PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Oriental fruit moth.

Here is a link that might be useful: OFM

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:03PM
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It's peach tree twig borer and once its inside the stem, no spray will kill it. You have to cut it out. I've found that Triazicide is more effective against borers than Sevin.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 6:12PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Yeah I need to get some more triazicide! Thats what I forgot to buy today!! Damnit! Dont you ever have that feeling when your at the store and you know you need something but you cant remember what?

Anyways, yes I think it might be the OFM...I have been seeing many little greyish moths fluttering around the trees. The damage and the little worm looks the same too.

So do I have to wait until it emerges to get it? Or can I go around and cut off all the tips? I do know triazicide acts as a deterrent for a little while, whereas liquid sevin kills only on contact. I definitely need to get some more triazicide.

So should I just cut off the tips for now? Or wait until they emerge? And should I spray the triazicide on the trees and fruit to prevent them from laying anymore eggs?

Thank you all

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 8:36PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

I dont remember so many bugs when I was younger :-(

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 10:24PM
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That's because we had DDT back in the old days. If you have a lot of moths flying around, I'd spray now, and again in 10-14 days. If you suspect OFM, and the damage is new, I'd try Ortho Fruit, Flower, & Vegetable Insect Killer. It's supposed to have kick back power. By that, I mean it's supposed to also kill the larva inside the fruit, and you can probably salvage the fruit. It worked for me on my plums.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 10:38PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Oh some nights a stand guard around my plum tree. Im not letting them get the 4 good plums I have left...lol

I just mowed the lawn and found a few of the moths and also found that they were hiding in plain sight on the patio screens. I blasted them with a strong hose. They are very agile little suckers!! I figure about 15 or more all around the backyard...

A few larvae I "paper clipped". They were in the twigs and fruit. A nice little bent paper clip worked to skewer them.

This post was edited by blazeaglory on Wed, Jun 19, 13 at 23:24

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 11:21PM
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