safe pesticide for fruit trees in flower

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  1. Willowynd

    Willowynd Well-Known Member

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    DH asked me to find out what pesticide or natural repellant is safe for fruit trees while they are flowering. He thinks we are getting aphids, so I suggested ladybugs- but he doesn't want to wait for a shipment. Any ideas?
     
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    Mike in Ohio Well-Known Member

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    neem oil/dormant oil. It will kill the aphids on contact by blocking their ability to breath. This is important because other types of sprays will also kill pollinators such as bees.

    Mike
     
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    Not advisable to use oil sprays on a tree in flower. It will ruin pollination for the year. Once budbreak has occurred there is not much to be done until pollination is over. Sic em with lady bugs. After pollination a soap spray will kill em off. And simply blasting aphids with a water spray will reduce their numbers. Gotta keep ants out of the tree because they will "tend their livestock" (the aphids)

    Dormant oil spray in very early spring before budbreak. soap spray after pollination. Wash em down with a nozzle on a hose after pollination.

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  5. Willowynd

    Willowynd Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I will pass this on to DH.