Spruce Budworm

 


Article by: Paul Burke

Spruce budworm is a very serious pest , Tractors and Their History in our area and can be found in all species of spruce. The adult moths will lay their eggs in July and early August. These adults will lay approximately 100-150 eggs in a cluster pattern. Each cluster usually contains 15-40 eggs and can be found on the underside of the needles of a spruce tree. , Shade Gardening When You Have No Shade After a 2 week period the larvae appear and start to prepare for the upcoming winter season , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower by building , Solar Garden Lights nests made out of silk.

These larvae do no damage to the tree , Landscaping 101 at this time. Their goal is to survive the winter , History of the Adirondack Chair to feast on the new growth of your tree , Cheap Ideas For Garden Landscaping in the spring. , Xeriscaping is Waterwise Gardening As the trees , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden begin to bud , Terrace Gardening And Landscaping Ideas in the spring , Winterizing Your Roses the larvae begin by feeding on the old growth. Once the tree , Hydrangea Forever & Ever Red has fully budded, the larvae move to this new succulent , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond growth and feed for 4-5 weeks. You can identify spruce budworm larvae by their reddish brown bodies with yellow spots. Their heads are shiny and are dark brown in colouration. After their larval stage the budworm pupates within the tree , The Most Essential Gardening Equipment and emerges as an adult moth in about 10-15 days. Only one generation of spruce budworm occurs every year.

Damage:

By feeding initially on the old growth spruce budworm will do little damage to your tree. , A Guide To Landscape Bridges However, once the larvae move on to the new growth, they will form nests and feed continually on this new growth. You can identify damage caused by this pest , Control and Mosquito Larva by observing a reddish brown, almost scorched look to the crown or top of your trees. , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden The larvae are inefficient consumers and will often leave partially consumed needles. If your trees , Hydrangea Forever & Ever Red have a bad infestation, the larvae can consume all of the new growth on your tree. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 13) Oxygen If this infestation continues for 4-5 years the larvae are capable of killing the entire tree. , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt

Controlling the problem:

Ordinarily natural , Planting Tomatoes in Your Garden factors such as predators and weather , Plants - Your New Roommate are enough to control spruce budworm populations. Occasionally these populations will explode and require a different means of control. If at all possible you can pick the larvae off your trees , Flower Bulbs in Dry Climate by hand. Ensure this is done early in the spring. , Winterizing Your Pond Encourage birds , Garden Statuary - Time for a Fresh New Look that feed on insects such as jays to live near your home. , Shade Gardening When You Have No Shade If you are using an insecticide, ensure you follow all the directions on the label before and during applications. Wear appropriate clothing when applying.
Paul is a Certified Pesticide Applicator in the province of Alberta, Canada. He has over 15 years experience in the lawn , Winterizing Your Roses care industry.

For more lawn , Hydrangea Forever & Ever Red care information, , Plants - Your New Roommate please visit http://www.fairyring.ca

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