Citrus miner, a pest of fruit trees

I have always dreamed of having a garden covered with large fruit trees, the kind that give off intense aromas and give away ripe, organic fruit.

It is a pending account that one day I hope to settle, so in the meantime I take the opportunity to learn more about fruit trees and their needs, because the day I can plant my first specimens I will know how to take care of them.

intimate enemies

Studying the issue of pests, I have found that orange, lemon and other trees in this group are affected by a very frequent pest, the Citrus leafminer .

It is the great enemy in Spain and other latitudes and is also known as the citrus leafminer . Its official name is Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton and it is a microlepidotera native to Southeast Asia. You have to be careful with it because it causes serious damage to plants.

In addition to affecting the orange and lemon trees , it also appears in the grapefruit tree, cider, lime and mandarin.

Detection and control

To detect the presence of this plague, it is enough to observe the trees because after passing through they leave galleries in the leaves, which in turn twist . The species reproduces quickly and that is another big risk. That is why its control is important.

citrus miner

To control the miner, there are several specific products, although the time of application must also be taken into account, as it must always be on new shoots of 4 to 6 cm. long because that is where the eggs are deposited.

A single application is not enough, but four must be done throughout the year: one at the end of winter and spring, another 10 or 12 days after the treatment, then at the end of summer budding and finally a reinforcing it 10 or 12 days after that treatment.

citrus miner
Citrus miner, a pest of fruit trees

Leave a Reply

Scroll to top
%d bloggers like this: