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Pest Prevention

Now’s the time to prevent some pest problems. I remember my mom saying, “a stitch in time saves nine.” Here are two things you can do now to save aggravation!

WASPS

yellowjacketmagnetIf you are like me, you don’t like yellow jackets and a variety of wasps, flying around your deck, porch or in the barn. RIGHT NOW hang one or more of the Yellow Jacket Magnets (traps). Why now? I don’t see any wasps.

Only the queen survives the cold winter. Soon she will be coming out to build a brand new nest and lay her first eggs. The Yellow Jacket Magnet is poison free. It contains a pherocon which attracts the queen. When she flies inside the pouch, she is trapped. By catching her now, you can prevent a potential colony, home to more than 100 yellow jackets. Reasonably priced at $7.95 per trap.

WORMS

CodlingMothCome harvest time, I don’t particularly enjoy sharing our yummy apples with “worms.” I bet you don’t either. Here’s some tips to help you avoid worms.

  1. Be sure the ground area around the tree is clean – no leaves, no bark and no leftover fruit for the larvae to live in.
  2. Take a paint brush with rubbing alcohol and paint the tree trunk to kill any larvae hiding there.
  3. Install the coddling moth traps in the upper 1/3 of the tree, as near to the canopy as you can safely put the trap. You will need 1 to 4 traps per tree, depending on the size of the tree. The pherocon lure attracts the moths. It’s most effective to install the traps right before the buds break out.

Scott was in Grand Junction yesterday and the apricot trees were starting to bud. It won’t be long before our trees will start budding. So, be prepared and buy your traps now. Two traps per package are $13.95.

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