July 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm #257845
I am new here and not sure if this is the right place to post this thread. I am in need of some advice about Cherry Tree Slugs. They ate up my plumb tree in Summer and had just spread to a couple of other trees. When is the best time to treat this pest and what should I treat them with? I want to be prepared for Spring.
Thanks in advance.July 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm #533266
Hi Frugal Girl, :wave:
Welcome to als.
I am not the best person to advise on the cherry slugs but I have found soapy water thrown over them will kill them. If your trees are large I guess this will be difficult unless you have a pump sprayer thingy.
I don’t know if there is a commercial killer available, probably is but it will depend on whether it is ok for organic gardens, that is, if you garden organically.
🙂July 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm #533267
How large are your trees, and how many trees do you have?
I use ash from the fire place, I throw it over the trees from time to time when I see the ‘slugs’ and they dry out and die pretty much straight away. This only works for a small tree and a small number of trees, I can’t imaging doing it to a large tree or an orchard. Also, try to have your back to the wind if you try this…
Hopefully someone else will have some ideas that work for larger trees.July 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm #533268
Sounds good and makes sense Mukluk, I’ll try that this coming season. :tup:
🙂July 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm #533269
I try to be organic, but I haven’t found an organic solution to this problem yet. My trees are too large to throw ash on them (and I don’t have a fireplace). I am in the suburbs and I found them on a couple of cherry trees in the front yard and 2 plum trees in the back.July 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm #533270
How about pyrethrum? Or talcum powder? This site might help: http://createyourgoodlife.com/pear-and-cherry-slug-controlJuly 28, 2013 at 12:41 am #533271
Thanks Bel. I haven’t seen that site before. It looks like whatever I choose to do I will have to wait until the slugs are actually munching away on the leaves again. There doesn’t seem to be a preventative way to fix the problem. With codling moth I wrap sticky tar paper around the trunk of the tree to prevent the females from climbing up. With the slugs, they fly up and the eggs are laid on the leaves. I might try the tar paper on them anyway.July 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm #533272
Letting chickens scratch around the base of the trees in Winter will drop the number down, they eat them while they are hiding in the ground before they have a chance to climb up the tree.August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm #533273
I had cherry slugs last year too, so will be keeping an eye out this summer and if they come back will try the suggestions here.
My chooks and ducks free range now during the day in the orchard, but didn’t last year (only on weekends), it will be interesting to see if this makes a difference.August 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm #533274
I read somewhere that coffee dregs thrown over the tree also work… haven’t tried this myself yet though.August 3, 2013 at 2:11 am #533275
Ive used talcum powder in the past and it works well
pretty easy to puff over an average sized tree
or if its a large tree you could throw hand fulls of dolomite over itAugust 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm #533276
They give my cherries, plum & pears grief so I use plain flour or corn flour that dessicates them as well as pyrethrum spray carefully. There are not to many natural predators for them during the warmer active months but chhoks may help reducev numbers before there ascent. Careful using any sprays like pyrethrum & neem as lady bugs, bees, dragon flys and other beneficial insects are adversely affeceted. Good luck.
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