Asked July 29, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT

I need help all my fruit this year from cherries two peaches are loaded with insects. What can I get or what can I do to keep this not happening each year. I would like to get information straight to the point what brand names are how often straight to the point

Baltimore Maryland fruit peaches insect pests spray schedule

1 Response

In general tree fruits can be a challenge to grow because they are so susceptible to insect and disease problems. Peaches are susceptible to brown rot, a fungal disease as well as pest insects. We cannot say what insects you may be dealing with as there are several such as the plum curculio, oriental fruit moth, borers in trunk, etc. Looks like a type of caterpillar damage. Keep your peach trees in good health through proper planting, watering, fertilization, pruning, and pest management.
It is too late to spray this year. You will have to begin next spring. Practice good sanitation. Do not let the fruits lay on ground. Pick and discard.
See our website on stone fruits and the spray schedule from Virginia Tech.
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG77_IPM_Series_Ston... http://extension.umd.edu/growit/fruit-profiles/stone-fruits-peaches-cherries-plumsapricotsand-nectar...
The goal of your spraying should be to prevent and manage the most serious fruit problems such as brown rot, plum curculio and Japanese beetles. Certain insecticides such as those that contain pyrethroids are highly toxic to bees, pollinators and natural enemies. Do not spray them during bloom period. Remember when selecting fruit trees to research and select the most disease resistant varieties. Be aware that pesticides labeled in other states may not be labeled for home fruit and be available in Maryland https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/456/456-018/Section03-Home-Fruit-Disease-and-Insects.pdf