Borers Likelihood?

rambleOctober 16, 2013

What is the likelihood that plums/cherries would get the borer? I'm in NJ.

And what available chemical to prevent them if necessary?

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

My plums have gotten borers in Maryland so I would say its possible. I think having peaches nearby helped get the plums infested.

I just dig 'em out. Lorsban (sic?) is the standard chemical treatment.

Scott

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 6:17PM
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ramble

Do malathion or methoxychlor or once and done work?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 7:29PM
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mrsg47(7)

Scott, can home orchardists buy Lorsban? I didn't think so. Let me know please, Mrs. G

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 11:32AM
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swampsnaggs

Permethrin will work as a trunk spray to deter borers and is available to home gardeners.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 8:13PM
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ramble

I saw Lorsban on the internet. But it was in large quantity and expensive.

This post was edited by ramble on Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 20:50

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 6:01PM
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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)

Swamp

When do you apply the Permethrin ? Now, later in the fall or winter or in the spring?

Thanx
Mike

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 11:21PM
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ramble

Good article talking Permethrin

Here is a link that might be useful: Colorado State-----Borers

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 12:32PM
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swampsnaggs

I apply the permethrin as a trunk and lower scaffold spray to peaches, plums, cherries, and apples beginning at the end of May and extending through early August, using it about once every three weeks. Leaning toward the higher rate is a good idea, but as always follow the label directions as best you can.

Cornell University publishes a weekly newsletter called Scaffolds during the growing season. It is not intended to be used as a spray schedule but we can get a good idea when the borers are active in the Northeast from their trap catches.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scaffolds

This post was edited by swampsnaggs on Fri, Oct 25, 13 at 19:12

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 7:09PM
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