Winter Moth’s are out now.
You may have noticed either driving home at night, or outside your home or business in the lights, a number of brown moths. These adult winter moths you see will mate, then lay eggs in the bark of host trees such as maples, oak, apple, crabapple, ash, fringetree and blueberry. In the spring, these eggs will hatch and the larval stage will climb to the branches and feed on the leaves, dropping to the ground in late spring to continue the life cycle through the summer in the soil, where they will pupate to emerge as adult moths next November and December. Treatment strategies include early spring horticultural oil on the trunks of host plants to suffocate the eggs, and/or a systemic treatment, such as the Tree Injection Service we provide, to protect susceptible trees. The University of Massachusetts has a great information sheet on winter moth, click here to link to it.
-Lauren Greenhow, General Manager, GreenHow, Inc.
www.GreenHow.com. Effective Organic & Low Impact Solutions, Lawn Care, Pest Control & Termite Control in Newton and Metro Boston.
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