Fruit Bites for June 8-10 Pear Psylla
AW: ok, seriously pear psylla is another one of my favorite insect pests. The nymphs, especially the hardshell stage, look like little warriors. But speaking about the warrior nymph, those stages of pear psylla are super tough to control. It’s best to target earlier stages like eggs or younger nymphs.
BL: why target the nymph stages?
AW: well they are doing all the feeding, leaving behind sticky honeydew (that’s their liquid poop from the plant juices) which then grows a black sooty mold and russets the pear. Targeting nymphs, with insect growth inhibitors like Senstar stops the insect from molting before they get busy feeding. Senstar can be a great rotational partner in IPM programs. Get good spray coverage as the nymphs also like the underside of the leaves and love to feed on all of those newly emerging shoots.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.