October 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm #255938
Something is eating my nectarines! 👿 At first I thought it was wind damage, but the problem is much worse. Lots of small nibble marks all over the surface of the fruit, with sticky sap exuding from the eaten surface. I thought there were small black bugs all over the fruit, but they are actually tiny poos (I think). Would earwigs do something like this? Here are some pics, sorry about poor quality:
My poor orange is also fighting for life. As soon as it puts out new leaves, something eats them. I’ve all but given up on my lime tree – it has very few leaves left. I’ve put a band of copper tape around the base of the trunk to stop snails, but suspect it may also be earwigs or simlar. Any ideas?October 22, 2011 at 10:48 am #510568
My orange tree looks similar, but I don’t have any clue what’s doing it. Would love some advice if anyone has any thoughts on this issue.
Thanks very muchOctober 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm #510569
Could the citrus be eaten by grasshoppers. Not sure about the nectarine tho. I suggest you net both of them with a fine net or at least bag the nectarines, I use organza ones from ebay somewhere in china go for the largest size also.
Alternately try pyrethrum, chilli or garlic spray.October 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm #510570
Hi Bel, its hard to advise a treatment when its unknown what is causing the problem. I have battled slaters, slugs & snails with quite good success but the latest marauding bastards hassling my patch are earwigs, they are everywhere. What I have noticed is that they love dark woody spots such as holes in timber, stacks of wood, even folds of cardboard.
Having discovered this little pearl of wisdom I place sandwichs of old hardwood fence palings around the garden. They take up residence pretty quickly and upon discovery they are easy to squash, drop into a water filled bucket, expose them to other predators (not sure if chooks or ducks eat them), or toss into the fire……
It might be worth a try to see if that is the cause of your damage. Good luck.October 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm #510571
Not an expert here, however I’d say possum or rat for the nectarine and citrus. however the shape of leaves being chomped probably more likely to be caterpillars… however birds could be culprit for the nectarine damage.
Could you net it all the way to trunk and see what happened? Of course, remove all the damaged fruits first! You dont want fruit flies or such to pop in, eh? 😉
As for the citrus, move mulch away from trunk, probably 10 cm and put down crushed eggshells or DE and see what happens?
It is always hard to see damages done to fruit trees, eh? Mine’s always like that, except for plums! 😀
Cheers! :hug:October 23, 2011 at 12:21 am #510572
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Porgey – we have earwigs everywhere too! And I mean everywhere. Last season they ate the raspberries, so I wouldn’t put it past them to eat the nectarines too. Must go out at night to look methinks. I’m starting to think they could also be the problem with the citrus leaves. Has anyone tried using horticultural glue around the trunks of trees to stop insects?? I looked for some in Bunnings the other day without success – has anyone purchased some and if so, where? As quickly as I remove the eaten fruit, they start on some new fruit. We won’t get any nectarines this year 👿 They don’t seem as keen on the peach fuzz. I don’t think it’s birds so unfortunately a net probably won’t help. I also don’t think it’s rats/mice cos the poos are too small, but I could be wrong. We have a lot of straw mulch eveywhere – it’s a blessing and a curse at once because the earwigs love it! Thankfully we are fruit-fly free here, something to be grateful for. Thanks for listening guys!October 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm #510573
Bel just saw that earwigs ate your rasperberries, I’ve been wondering if they are killing my raspberries this year 🙁 Can’t help with your trees, but agree that mulch is great, but a curse at the same time, great hiding hold for all sorts of things… Hope you get it sortedOctober 24, 2011 at 12:00 am #510574
my citrus trees look the same, lemon, mandarine and orange all only 2-3 ft tall. I went out at night and under the leaves slugs and snails!
I just keep going out each night and pull them off and as someone else said cleared around the base.
Best of luck
SandraNovember 2, 2011 at 10:34 am #510575
Bel, my orange tree looks very similar to yours. Last night I went outside with a torch and found earwigs having a munch. So that could well be your problem too.
The question now is how best to catch them? Any suggestions good people?
SamNovember 2, 2011 at 11:29 am #510576November 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm #510577
my nectarines look just like your,its not possums,rats or birds, I hope someone comes alongwho knows what they are talking about.What happened to the “ask Lyn” section we had? I know if you go to “warm earth” you can do that.
HTNovember 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm #510578
Thanks for the link Lady B. I’ve used the traps successfully in the past and should get around to making some more one of these days – they work really well with used oil. I’m convinced it’s earwigs causing the damage and would love to get hold of some horticultural glue to stop them getting up into the tree in the first place – has anyone bought some and if so, where from?
Good luck solving your problem HT, it’s quite disheartening isn’t it? No nectarines for us this season 🙁
I do miss the Ask Lyn section – I don’t believe it was that easy to migrate over to the new site and hence has been put on the back-burner for now, but don’t quote me on that!November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am #510579
In a word; RATS
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