Pesticide for Fruit Salad Tree?

Asked June 14, 2020, 3:03 PM EDT

We purchased a fruit salad tree last year, and the foliage is getting eaten to bits! We have used Copper spray to prevent leaf curl, but don't know what is safe to use to discourage insects. Thank you very much for the help! Lisa Long

Clackamas County Oregon

2 Responses

It sounds as if this may be a caterpillar issue? If so Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a great option (a bacterial biological pesticide). It is very safe and selective against moth larvae. Several brands are available to homeowners including Bonide, Monterrey, Safer. Another option would be products that contain spinosad, which is less selective, but lasts longer and is very safe for humans. On a single tree, you may be able to locate the culprit larvae and remove them by hand.

Thank you Nik - I'll look for some culprits and go get some Bonide!