NC State Extension

Current Western NC Orchard Pest Populations

We track local insect populations throughout the growing season using a system of traps, temperature-recording devices, and degree-day models. Traps and weather data are checked weekly, with results updated by Wednesday afternoon from April through September. Learn more about southeastern apple pests at the Apple Pest Management page.


Weekly summary

November 10, 2017

November 10 is the last trap update for 2017. See you in April 2018!

Archived Pest Reports for 2017


2017 Average Weekly Trap Captures*

HENDERSON COUNTY
Insects per trap
Oct 23
Nov 2
Nov 7
Codling Moth
0.0
0.0
0.0
Oriental Fruit Moth
0.5
0.3
0.0
Tufted Apple Bud Moth
0.0
0.0
Redbanded Leafroller
0.0
0.0
Obliquebanded Leafroller
0.0
0.0
Lesser Appleworm
0.0
0.0
Apple Maggot
0.0
0.0
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (commercial – Henderson Co.)
0.8
0.1
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (commercial – upper piedmont)
4.3
0.5
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (research – unsprayed)
0.3
0.0
0.0
Spotted Tentiform Leafminer
0.0
0.0
Dogwood Borer
0.0
0.0
Peachtree Borer
0.0
0.0
0.0
Lesser Peachtree Borer
0.0
0.0
0.0
San Jose Scale
0.0
*Note that averages presented here are intended only to illustrate the timing of insect emergence and fluctuations in population activity, and not as general indicators of population levels. Some orchards included in these averages have significantly higher or lower populations than most commercial orchards in the area, resulting in averages that are sometimes skewed from what is typical. The only way to have an accurate assessment of an individual orchard’s populations is to set up traps in that orchard.

2017 Accumulated Degree Days


Henderson County
 Biofix
Oct 26
Nov 2
Nov 9
Codling Moth
Apr 10
3489
3523
3587
Oriental Fruit Moth
Mar 27
4578
4630
4726
Tufted Apple Bud Moth
Apr 13
4378
4430
4526

About degree-day models: The degree day (DD) models predict adult emergence and egg hatch of each generation. They do not predict the intensity of populations, which can be assessed by using pheromone traps. Hence, the models should be used to help gauge the time period when control is most likely needed, and pheromone traps provide information on the need for and frequency of insecticide applications. For full details, read “IPM Practices for Selected Pests” in the Orchard Management Guide.

CODLING MOTH:

  • 1st generation: Egg hatch begins at about 350 DD after biofix and is completed by 1050 DD. The most critical period for insecticidal control is from 350 to about 750 DD.

  • 2nd generation: Egg hatch of the second generation can extend from about 1300 to 2600 DD after biofix, but the most critical period for insecticidal control is 1400 to about 2500 DD.

  • 3rd generation: Adults begin to emerge at about 2500 DD after biofix, but the model is less accurate in predicting late-season populations.

ORIENTAL FRUIT MOTH:

  • 1st generation: Only one insecticide application between 400 and 500 degree days is usually necessary, as 1st generation egg-laying is usually low on apple.

  • 2nd generation: Effective 1st-generation control may eliminate the need for 2nd-generation control. If trap captures remain high, insecticides may be needed around 1100 to 1400 DD.

  • 3rd generation: Insecticide may be needed at 2200 DD after biofix.

  • 4th generation: Overlapping generations late in the season make it difficult to predict when 4th-generation egg hatch begins, but continuous egg-laying can occur from August through October. Use traps to determine the need for further insecticide applications.

 TUFTED APPLE BUD MOTH:

  • 1st generation: One well-timed insecticide application between 800 and 1200 DD after biofix will often eliminate the need for further control of TABM.

  • 2nd generation: Only if trap captures exceed 25 moths per trap by 2600 DD is an insecticide application recommended. NOTE: Insecticides targeting 2nd generation TABM are usually not necessary if 1st generation populations were successfully controlled.


2017 Pest Trends (click to enlarge)

Written By

Photo of Stephen SchoofStephen SchoofAgricultural Research Specialist (828) 684-3562 steve_schoof@ncsu.eduEntomology and Plant Pathology - NC State University
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