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Ants
Ants

Ants are a great example of the type of soil arthropods we featured a few weeks ago—the shredders—but they are so common, and generate so many questions, that they deserve their own article. Read article in: Spring Week 7.

Aphids
Aphids

There are several different types of aphid that are pests on fruit trees, but the three you’re most likely to come across are black cherry aphid, green peach aphid, and woolly aphid on apples. What they have in common is their life cycle, allo [...]

Birds & netting
Birds & netting

Birds--we love 'em and hate 'em! They can be so amazing, but at the same time can do so much damage to our fruit. In this article we explore the main ways of deterring birds, including giving a rundown of the different kinds of netting systems [...]

Carpophilus beetle
Carpophilus beetle

In some fruit growing districts, carpophilus beetles are a serious pest of ripening stone fruit, mainly apricots, nectarines and peaches. Read the article in Summer - Week 1

Choose the best bird netting system
Choose the best bird netting system

Birds are one of the biggest problems faced by fruit growers - and one of the hardest to deal with! Deterrents may work on some species of birds, but usually not for long. Some of the best ones may even work  for an entire fruit season, but of [...]

Codling moth prevention strategies
Codling moth prevention strategies

Codling moth is one of the more persistent and destructive pests of apple trees. This article dives into a range of pro-techniques for preventing and managing them. Read the article in Autumn - week 6.

Develop a management plan for Codling Moth – activity
Develop a management plan for Codling Moth – activity

Codling moth is one of the most pervasive and destructive pests of apples and pears. The keys to control are (i) knowing its life cycle and whether it’s likely to be a problem in your district, (ii) monitoring, and (iii) having a treatment pla [...]

Develop aphid management plan
Develop aphid management plan

Aphids are one of the most common pests of fruit trees, and one of the easiest to control, but it pays to have a plan in place. Fill in the table in the interactive PDF to build a picture of whether you have an aphid problem at your p;ace, and [...]

Earwigs and garden weevils
Earwigs and garden weevils

Earwigs and garden weevils are quite different groups of insects, but are pests in your fruit trees in very similar ways. Both climb up your fruit trees and then live in them where they are active at night, and eat young shoots, leaves and wor [...]

Five steps to organic pest & disease control
Five steps to organic pest & disease control

Healthy trees are less prone to attacks by pests and diseases, and prevention is usually easier (and often more effective) than the cure! Read the article in Summer - Week 9

Fruit tree borer
Fruit tree borer

Fruit tree borer can kill whole trees, or sometimes just limbs, and are often found to be the culprit behind a mysterious dead limb, with a mass of frass (brown, sawdust-like stuff) on it. Read the article in Winter - Week 8

Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers and locusts are members of the insect order Orthoptera, and have chewing mouth parts and strong hind legs for jumping. They can be a pest of young fruit trees, and can damage so many leaves by chewing them that the tree stops phot [...]

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