Pest Alert: The Winter Moth 
Mar 8, 2017
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The winter moth lay its eggs during the late fall and winter loosely on the bark in furrows. They hatch in early spring and begin feeding on leaf and flower buds of its host plant. 

 

This can lead to severe defoliation of many varieties of trees. Most deciduous trees can tolerate annual loss of 40% of leaves at any time during the growing season with little or no ill effects. If they lose more than 50% they will likely produce a second set of leaves. Unfortunately, three years or so in a row of continued leaf loss will result in tree mortality. G.L.C. can inspect your trees and recommend a course of action. The lifecycle of most insects and diseases give us only a small window of opportunity for spray control.

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