Noxious Pest Identification and Control Matrix

Noxious Pest Identification and Control Matrix

"Growing Fruit Trees" is a series of 9 factsheets with an identification and control matrix that serve as a guide for people that are considering planting, have recently inherited, or want to learn more about, fruit bearing trees or shrubs that are affected by pests.

  • General information on sanitation, pruning, thinning, harvesting, and pest prevention are provided for the common fruit bearing trees and shrubs.
  • Most common insect pests are described with images to aid in accurate identification, including insect images, fruit damage, and tree damage. Management strategies are provided for each common insect pest.
  • The Noxious Pest Identification and Control Matrix for Residential and Backyard Fruit Tree Plantings serve as an easy to reference guide that includes identification strategies and non-chemical mitigration techniques.
  • Contact for further help on noxious pest management.

  Noxious Pest Resources

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Noxious Pest Identification & Control Matrix (click link to view)

This poster describes 10 of the most common insect pests and 2 of the most common diseases, the type of trees they affect, the type of damage they cause, the times of year they are active, and mitigation techniques. This poster is designed to serve as a reference guide for anyone with a gruit bearing tree or shrub. (best printed on 11 x 17 paper)

 Apple Factsheet Image  

Apple Trees (click link to view)
Apple trees are one of the more challenging trees to care for and are very susceptible to pests. Codling moth, leafroolers, and apple clearwing moths are amongst the most common and destructive apple tree pests.

 Apricot Factsheet Image Apricot Trees (click link to view)

Apricot trees are less susceptible to pests in comparison to other fruit varieties but should still be properly cared for to minimize the risk. Peach twig borers, aphids, and earwigs are known to affect apricot trees.

 Berry Factsheet Image Berry Shrubs (click link to view)

General care methods for common berry varieties such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are described in this guide. Berry bushes can be quite easy to care for if proper sanitation practice is employed. Spotted Wing Drosophila, Cherry Fruitworm, and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug can affect most berry varieties.

 Cherry Factsheet Image Cherry Trees (click link to view)

Cherry trees are the most challenging fruit tree to care for and are the most susceptible to pests. Spotted Wing Drosophila, Western Cherr Fruit Fly, and Black Cherry Aphid are commonly seen when growing a cherry tree.

 Grape Factsheet Image Grape Vines  (click link to view)

Table the wine grapes are less susceptible to pests and can handle a small amount of pests without affecting vine and fruit health. However, pests can make the vine more susceptible to disease and virus, which have destructive consequences on grape vines. Leafhoppers, Cutworms, and Mealybugs are amongst the more common pests seen on grape vines.

 Peach Factsheet Image

Peach Trees (click link to view)
Peach Trees are affected by a wide variety of pests that can be difficult to identify. Pests affect the fruit, developing shoots, and the tree, where tree damage can lead to girdling and death. Common pests are the Peach Tree Borer, Peach Twig Borer, and the Green Peach Aphid.

 Pear Factsheet Image Pear Trees (click link to view)

Pears ofter face similar pests as apple trees do and should be fregquently checked for fruit and leaf deformities. Common pests are the Codling Moth, Rust Mite, Pearleaf Blister Mite, and Apple Curculio.

 Prune Plum Factsheet Image

Prune and Plum Trees (click link to view)
Prune and plum trees are less susceptible to pests in comparison to other fruit varieties but should still be properly cared for to minimize the risk. Common pests are the Leaf Curl Plum Aphid, Peach Tree Borer, Fall Webworm and Tent Caterpillar.

 Plant Me Instead Image Plant Me Instead (click link to view)

This guide provides alternative to fruit trees that are less susceptible to pests and require significantly less time and money to care for. Ornamental trees and shrubs provide good curb appeal and shade, while protecting commercial orchards from pests. Local fruit can easily be purchased at local farmer's markets and fruit stand which provides support for our local growers.