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Hello need help with keeping bugs spider mites etc. off my trees every year I lose. I have a gold plum and red plum tree.
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I have paper wasps for that.   They are not hornets or yellow jackets but gentile prehistory vespoid wasps.

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Paper wasp nests under deck roof they patrol my garden, greenhouse, orchard and berry farm
Paper wasp nests under deck roof they patrol my garden, greenhouse, orchard and berry farm
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Praying mantis egg case they also patrol my plants often catching insects before they lay their eggs
Praying mantis egg case they also patrol my plants often catching insects before they lay their eggs
 
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Are the wasp causing it or do I need the wasp to help?
 
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Charles Brock wrote:Are the wasp causing it or do I need the wasp to help?



Wasps and praying mantises are predator insects. They help control a lot of pest problems. I don't personally know what they eat and don't eat, but they're pretty handy things to have around.

I think there's a PEP badge bit about building a habitat for various insects. Bug hotel?
 
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Sorry I did not make a very thorough reply. I was concentrating on getting pictures downloaded from the camera that has been missing for a while.
Yes they help. Patrolling the orchard and garden often catching maggots before they eat into the fruit.
The most important is to collect all fruit. If an infested one falls to the ground the maggot will burrow into the ground form a protective covering and emerge the next year to start the cycle over again.  Composting the fruit therefor may not break the cycle. It needs to be cooked hot enough to kill the maggot.
 
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Thank you sir!
 
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This fruit/insect cleanup is why many run chickens under their orchards. I saw fruit size double with chickens and ducks under my plums, though I also did improve pruning and fruit thinning as well.

While clay or other organic sprays can help in the short term, anything that does not support an ongoing predator population will require ongoing and increasing intervention. Pests are their predators’ food source, and any drop in the pest population will rebound faster than the predators’ with most human interventions. Ways we can help are with soil building to support the trees immune system, and with predator habitat. This can be birds (wild or domesticated) and insects (brush piles and fresh water); reptiles and amphibians (rock piles and fresh water); mammals (pigs are also great for fruit cleanup, again requiring fresh water); fungi (woody debris) or bacteria (bug juice made with pest carcasses cultivating the pests’ pathogens). In combination, these habitats will maintain a more diverse and self regulating ecosystem.
 
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Wow thank you for the info . I’m learning a lot can’t wait till next season .
 
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