Protecting Citrus Trees from Pests
12 Sep 2016
When you look out the window at your prize citrus trees, you might begin to wonder how to protect them from backyard insects. How do you keep your orange, lemon, or grapefruit trees healthy and reduce the damages done by pests? Bull’s Eye Pest Control wants to help you with your citrus trees. When it comes to pest control in Temecula, we mean business. We want to help you solve any pest problems on your citrus trees.
Points of Protection
- Know your tree: The first thing you need to do in order to protect your tree is get to know it very well. Spend a little bit of time each day doing a quick inspection of the branches and leaves. For instance, if you notice a lot of ants crawling up the trunk, you know that you most likely have an aphid problem. Ants love aphids. If you notice silvery trails going up the bark, you are dealing with snails. Curling leaves that begin to turn silver are a sign of citrus thrips. Furry white or brown areas on the bark of your tree are not mold, but sap sucking insect called scales. Regular inspections will help you spot an issue before it can become a big problem.
- Clean up: Many of the pests that plague citrus trees love leaf litter. Grab your rake and keep the area around the tree free from debris and leaf litter. By eliminating their potential places for housing, you are reducing the number of pests. Snails and spider mites love leaf litter, when you reduce the debris you are reducing their numbers. If there are any branches of your citrus tree that are hanging to the ground, grab your pruning shears. The last thing you want is to have multiple avenues into your tree. If you have a problem with aphids, you might want to consider giving your tree a spray down with insecticidal soap.
- Pesticides have a place: Pesticides are an effective tool when used correctly. Unfortunately, many homeowners use the wrong pesticide, or use far too much. If you decide to use pesticides, read the label. That’s right, read the label, and follow the directions. Pesticides should only be used when the infestation is severe. Remember, that there are many beneficial insects like lady bugs, green lace wings, and predatory mites that will die when you use pesticides. Without beneficial insects, your trees will become more susceptible to future pest infestations. Still though, pesticides have a prime place with pest elimination. They are highly effective when used correctly.
Bull’s Eye Pest Control
If you have questions about a pest, we have answers. Our technicians have years of pest experience, training, and are certified pesticide applicators. We understand pests and know the best strategies for control and elimination. Put our years of experience to work for you. When you want the best pest control in Temecula, you need Bull’s Eye Pest Control.
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