How to Keep Insects From Growing in Peach Trees

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Keep insects from growing in peach trees by spraying insecticides or pesticidal soap on peach blossoms and harvesting peaches before the get too ripe. Avoid attracting bugs with the scent of ripe peaches with advice from the owner of a plant nursery in... View Video Transcript

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Richard Skinner

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How do I keep the insects out of my peaches and my peach trees? This is Richard Skinner at Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City, Florida, and we do have some bloom on our peach trees right now, and this is a critical time to keep any insects from going into the bloom, and laying their little eggs. And a month and a half, two months later, you're peach falls off the tree prematurely, and it's got a worm or a bug inside of it. So, how do we prevent that? Very easily. In your insecticidal soaps, or in malathion, in a very small amount, with your pump sprayer, spray down your blooms. Now you do not want to use a heavy concentration of pesticide, or even your pesticidal soap. Basically what we're trying to do is to make the environment not receptive for that little guy to come in and lay his eggs inside the bloom, and the peach to form around that egg and later after it incubates, to hatch out and go to running around in your peach and making it rotten. So, that's the first time. The other insects that attack peaches is when they're too ripe. If you leave them on the tree long enough, you will attract insects that are able to penetrate the real tender, small opening in the peach when it's fully ripe, and then get in that way. But the Sevin spray, that's an insect spray that you spray on prior to harvest, will not penetrate your fruit and will deter insects from it. But when that peach gets fully ripe, it's going to attract some insects just from the smell, so it's a good idea to harvest your peach before it gets to that point. This is Richard Skinner at Hawkins Corner Nursery in Plant City, Florida. How to keep insects from penetrating, or getting inside your peaches.