bosc pear tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by chnothe
March 25, 2010
my tree bears lots of fruits
but they are full of worms & fall off early. Spraying did not help. What is your suggestion?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010
As with any fruit tree, your pear requires some care to protect it from a variety of problems, including worms,. The most common worm that affects pears is the codling moth larva, which infects both pears as well as apples. The answer to your worm problem in pears is to spray at least once per season, once fruit has set. If you sprayed last year, you may need to make repeat sprays to keep your fruit crop worm free. Choose a windless day approximately two weeks after petal fall, when fruit is just starting to set on the tree. Wear gloves, eye goggles and a breathing mask as you spray all leaves and fruit with your insecticide mixture. Use a ladder if necessary to reach all areas of your tree. Spray a second time 10 days after the first application. Always spray on a windless day and do not spray if rain is expected within 24 hours. Continue spraying every 10 days while fruit is growing if codling moths are still present. Best wishes with your pear tree.

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