Growths on blueberry bushes

Asked August 3, 2016, 1:32 PM EDT

I have attached a photo of the growths on my blueberry bushes can you identify them so I can treat them

Gladwin County Michigan blueberries blueberry insects galls

1 Response

That is blueberry stem gall wasp. The wasp lays its eggs on the stems during bloom and the larvae caused the stem to enlarge and protect them then through the season. The treatment window is just before and after bloom since the insecticides that will kill the gall wasp and its eggs will also kill bees.
This is a native blueberry pest which has become very abundant in the last few years especially in northern Michigan. What variety is it on? It appears to be selective as to the varieties it goes to if it has a choice.
At this time the best course of action is to cut it all out and destroy the galls.
Here is some more information on the pest
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/managing_blueberry_stem_gall_wasp
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/uploads/files/Blueberry%20stem%20gall%20wasp.pdf

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