Fruit IPM Advisory Fruit 2020

Nectarine Scarring, Southern Utah Codling Moth

In this Issue

  • Codling Moth, Washington County
  • Prevent Nectarine and Plum Scarring
  • Gummosis of Peach/Nectarine, Apricot, Plum


Codling Moth for Washington County Locations

A mature larva feeding on apple seeds.

The Washington County Extension office hung codling moth traps, and tells us that moths were detected in Hurricane. No codling moths have been detected elsewhere, so we only have information for the sites below.

Start treating codling moths on the following dates (see below for treatment options):

  • Hurricane:  April 27
  • Springdale: April 29
  • St. George:  April 23

For other areas, we will post the information as soon as we know.  We are predicting that the timing for the Wasatch Front area will be around the third week of May.

Keep in mind that codling moth is a pest that needs to be prevented all season long for clean fruit. The only non-spray option for clean fruit is to bag them (click here and here for more info on bagging fruit.)


Commercial:  Growers should have mating disruption ready to hang in the next few weeks, as apple bloom is just around the corner. Dispensers should be up by full bloom (around the same time as codling moth first flight). Spray options for commercial growers.

Backyard:  The table below provides some options for backyard trees. This table is not all-inclusive, but just provides some examples. The products listed are not an endorsement. For the product you decide to use, the “active ingredients” are listed in small print on the lower right or left of the front label. Sometimes there are several ingredients, sometimes, just one. Some materials last longer than others, and the time between sprays is not always listed on the label.

Product NameEfficacyResidual Length (days)Comments
Spectracide Triazicide (gamma-cyhalothrin)Good to Excellent14-17wait 21 days to harvest
Monterey Bug Buster 11 (esfenvalerate)Good to Excellent14-17wait 21 days to harvest
Bonide Fruit Tree & Plant Guard (lambda-cyhalothrin)Good to Excellent14-17wait 21 days to harvest
Bonide Malathion; Hi Yield MalathionGood5-7max 2 applications; some products are pears only
GardenTech Sevin (zeta-cypermethrin)Good to Excellent14-17wait 14 days to harvest
AzaSol, EcoGarden (azadirachtin)Good7-10purchase online
Cyd-X (codling moth virus)Good (if populations are low)7works best when used at beginning of generation; expensive and purchase online
oil such as All Seasons Oil, EcoSmart, Neem oilGood on eggs only3recommended for first application of the generation only
Ortho Fruit Spray; Fertilome Fruit Tree Spray; Safer End All; Bonide Orchard Spray (all contain pyrethrin)Good3-5
Monterey / Fertilome Spinosad; Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew; Natural Guard (all contain spinosad)Good10max 6 applications per season; if applying to peach or cherry, can re-apply after 7 days

Apple Powdery Mildew

apply fungicide at open cluster stage and/or at petal fall
An optimal timing for powdery mildew fungicides is pink to open cluster stage.

The fungus that causes apple powdery mildew overwinters on twigs, and as a result, new infections can occur early in the season. Depending on weather conditions, it can become active at about the tight cluster to open cluster (pink) stage.

If your apples had powdery mildew in the past, treat at open cluster stage (see image), and again after bloom (petal fall). A third treatment 2 weeks later may be required where powdery mildew has been severe in the past.

Powdery mildew shows up on newer foliage first, and foliage may become yellowed and distorted.

Commercial growers should be aware that in other parts of the country, powdery mildew fungal populations are becoming increasingly resistant to the Group 3 fungicides (Indar, Procure, Rally, Rhyme). These fungicides have curative effects and are mostly used after mildew has shown up. By using a product from a different fungicide group at the pink stage, use of Group 3 products can be reduced, preventing resistance from occurring in Utah.

Powdery mildew spreads with high humidity, usually in the dawn or dusk hours, and does not need standing water to germinate. When terminal shoots harden off and when relative humidity decreases, new infections slow down.

Some varieties are more susceptible than others (such as Braeburn, Gala, Gingergold, Jonagold, Jonathon, Rome). The Delicious varieties are the least susceptible.


Commercial: Options with good to excellent efficacy that are not Group 3 products include Flint, Merivon, Sovran, Fontelis, and sulfur (organic). Click here for more.

Backyard: Spectracide Immunox, Monterey Fungi-Max, Hi Yield Wettable Sulfur (or other sulfur brands; organic), Monterey Complete Disease Control (organic)


Prevent Scarring of Nectarine and Plum Fruit

spray right after bloom is over (petal fall), using spinosad
Distorted nectarine caused by thrips feeding during bloom.

If your nectarine or plum fruits were deformed last year, western flower thrips was the likely cause. It is a tiny insect that feeds on the developing fruit from bloom time to petal-fall.

Spinosad is an organic insecticide made from metabolites produced from soil-dwelling bacteria. It is available in most garden centers and farm supply stores.

Spray at night or early morning because it is harmful to bees when the product is wet (the dry product does not affect bees). Just a single application, with thorough coverage, is needed.


Commercial:  Entrust (organic), Success

Backyard: Monterey Garden Insect Spray, Natural Guard Spinosad, Bonide Captain Jack’s, and more