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Common fruit tree pests in the Overberg

Fruit trees are a great component of any garden as they provide you and your family with delicious, fresh fruit. However, you'll most likely encounter a number of pests that will attack your fruit trees and cause serious harm as well as lowering the quality and quantity of your harvest. If you live in the Overberg, Western Cape, you should be aware of the common pests that can attack your fruit crops.



In this blog post, we'll go over some of the Overberg's most prevalent fruit tree pests and how to control them.



Scale insects:

Your fruit trees' stems and leaves can become infested with these tiny, hard-shelled

pests. They consume the tree's sap, which can weaken it and decrease the amount of fruit it produces. insecticidal soaps, neem oil, or a DIY pesticide combined of two can all be used to

control scale.


Aphids:

Aphids are tiny, soft-bodied pests that feed on the sap of your fruit trees. They may result in stunted growth, yellowing, and wilting. insecticidal soaps, neem oil, or a DIY pesticide combined of the two can also be used to control aphids. there is also a multitude of predatory Insects that eat aphids, like ladybugs, that can be introduced as well.


Caterpillars:

Caterpillars can consume a large amount of leaves which can seriously harm your

fruit trees. You can use Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT), a naturally occurring bacterium that is toxic to caterpillars, to control caterpillars. They can also of course be hand-picked out of your trees although this can be a bit tedious.


Borers:

There are various different types of borer insects that can cause massive damage to your

fruit trees by burrowing into the trunk and branches, causing the rest of the branches to die off. You can use insecticidal sprays or tree wrap to manage borers on your tree's trunk and lower branches. Additionally, you should get rid of any broken or dead branches that might attract them.


Fruit Flies:

These flies lay their eggs in the fruit on your tree, making them a real menace. The fruit

becomes mushy and inedible as a result of the larvae feeding on it. Sticky traps or fruit fly traps and be used to control fruit flies. Compost any fruit that has fallen to the ground or is overripe so it doesn't attract more of these flies.



In conclusion, fruit trees are vulnerable to a variety of pest attacks, which can cause serious damage and reduce the quality and quantity of your fruit harvest. You can protect your fruit trees and enjoy a bountiful harvest for many years by being aware of the common pests that can attack your fruit trees and using effective pest management techniques. Whether you're dealing with scale insects, aphids, caterpillars, borers, or fruit flies, it's important to be proactive in pest management and to use environmentally friendly products and solutions whenever possible. Your fruit trees can thrive and produce delicious fruit for many years if properly cared for. Let the professionals help you with a tree care plan - click here.


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