Fruit trees can be a wonderful crop to have in your yard. You get to venture outside each day and pick fresh fruit right! However, you may become discouraged when you notice that someone aside from you has been eating at your fruit - bugs. These pests can quickly make a ripe piece of fruit go bad. Consider these tips to keep bugs away from fruit trees.
Figure out who's eating at your trees
Before you run for the pesticides, you need to determine who is eating your fruit, the San Francisco Chronicle advised. There are several types of insects that eat fruit, including apple maggots and peach twig borers. It's important to do your research on these pests to figure out exactly what they like and what they don't like to figure out how they will react. You don't want to get a repellant and discover that it doesn't work on your problem insect.
Pest control tips
Challenge them with other bugs
First, you may be able to eliminate your problem the most natural way possible - through other bugs. There are beneficial insects that actually will scare off your fruit pests and leave your fruit trees be. Certain insects, such as ladybugs, lace wings, ground beetles, preying mantises and other bugs may help keep away your bad guys, Fantastic Farms noted. You can attract these bugs by planting flora such as dill, catnip, yarrow, and Queen Ann's lace in the area around the trees. You can also leave out shallow bowls of water that may bring these bugs along. However, be careful of bringing in too much standing water, as that may encourage mosquitoes.
Catch them in the act
You can also trap your troublesome pests. Consider using sticky traps, which even come in the shape and scent of the fruit growing on your trees. If you have cherry trees, hang yellow sticky traps next to them. Then hang a bottle of ammonia and water mixed in a bottle next to the yellow trap. The flies will be attracted to the mixture's scent and will end up stuck to the trap. You can also hang capsules from your trees known as pheromone traps, which will make pests think its breeding season.
Pick them off
If your trees are shorter and you can reach most of the leaves, you can always just pick off the bugs. This is especially helpful when the bug in question hasn't reached the goods yet. For example, if you see a maggot making its way up the tree, kill it before it gets to the apple!