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Peach tree disease or insects.

Peach tree disease or insects.
Posted by Jim Mc Adams from California on 2001-04-03 22:46:40

I have a 45 year old dwarf peach tree. The tree has peach leaf curl and also has little 1/16 to 3/16 inch in diameter things on the new branches. They are very dark red with some black in them. They look like a lady bug that is round. They suck the sap from the tree. They have a football shaped mouth that adhears to the tree. If you pick them and squash them a fluid comes out. I sprayed the tree yesterday but nothing has happened as of yet. Can you tell me what this thing is and how to control it?
  • peach tree trouble
    Posted by Heidi from zn 6-Virginia on 2001-04-06 12:10:44

    Jim-
    I'm not sure what the critters are sucking on your tree, but if you have an extension office, they may be able to help you if you take one in to them for exam. Also, most gardening centers have this really great reference book by Ortho. It's a huge book, and I think one time I asked the price & about fainted. It is indexed by variety of plant/tree, and it has all the critters and crud listed, as well as products that help and other suggestions. Is it infested to the point you can't physically remove the bugs? I have dwarf apples that were in peril last summer that I had to de-bug manually just to give them a break until I could find a better treatment.
    Heidi
    Quoting Jim Mc Adams: ------------
    -I have a 45 year old dwarf peach tree. The tree has peach leaf curl and also has little 1/16 to 3/16 inch in diameter things on the new branches. They are very dark red with some black in them. They look like a lady bug that is round. They suck the sap from the tree. They have a football shaped mouth that adhears to the tree. If you pick them and squash them a fluid comes out. I sprayed the tree yesterday but nothing has happened as of yet. Can you tell me what this thing is and how to control it?
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