What is Winter Moth?
They lay eggs on trees that hatch around spring, and the larva devours the leaves and new buds of the trees. Its infestation severely affects the tree’s growth, and if they attack fruit-bearing trees, they diminish the harvest significantly.
How do you know that your tree is infested with Winter Moth?
Well, you can check for these signs in your tree.
- If you inspect closely, you can notice inchworms on the leaves and buds on the day, and they come on to the upper leaf surface during nights.
- You can also find half-eaten and dying leaves. The fruit and flower buds even start falling off early without bearing anything. It leads to the tree’s downfall in the long run.
Treatment for Winter Moth
Insecticides: Using different types of chemical insecticides is the most commonly used method of treating Winter Moth. There are various types of insecticidal treatments available in the market. Ensure that you carefully understand the side effects and proportion you need to use to prevent your tree from harm.
Physical barriers: There are various physical barriers like tapes, oil, grease, and sticky tapes that you can apply on the tree stem and branches to prevent the caterpillars and moths from sticking to the tree.
Biological control: One can use insects like parasitoid flies that eat Winter Moth. But this process is very time consuming and is used to curb large size infestations. It may not prove successful in treating a single tree.
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