Insects like fruit trees for many of the same reasons we like fruit trees, sweet smelling, pollen filled flowers and ripe, juicy fruits and seemingly sweet leaves and bark. While we want to attract and protect pollinators and beneficial insects, injurious insects can cause serious damage, inhibiting fruit production or fouling fruit, stunting or gnarling growth and generally stressing out the trees. Described herein are some of the more common fruit tree pests, again, this list is by no means all inclusive and your property should be assessed by an arborist to determine when and where treatments are needed.
There may be some culturally curative measures that can be put in place making landscape fruit trees less prone to insect damage, but for the most part, correctly timed and accurately applied chemical treatments yield the best results. There are many organic options and inert ingredients, such as horticultural oil and BT, that provide effective treatments when applied precisely. Timing is everything when attempting to eradicate insect issues on your landscape, protecting pollinators and beneficial insect communities is still a high priority and must be considered when planning pest management. NEVER spray a tree (or request a tree sprayed) while flowering and consult with your arborist and plant healthcare technician to come up with the most effective and environmentally responsible plan for keeping your landscape pest free!