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  • Northeast winter moth pest

    Last year, my bb bushes, crabapple and pear trees were attacked by this pest. The little buggers completely defoliated all my bushes and trees including the flowers. So no blueberries for me last year from my 10 bushes.

    Does anyone have any experience controlling this organically?

    I was thinking a combination of dormant oil spray and some bt when I spot the little buggers.

    Thanks for the help.

    Winter moth caterpillars defoliate hardwood species, often stripping the leaves of oaks, maples and other hardwood trees.
    Last edited by fitzski; 02-22-2015, 09:54 PM.
    Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

  • #2
    If its eating leafs, get some Spinosad. Spray every two to 3 weeks what ever time of year your having problems. Its organic and you can order it online. I believe Green Light uses Spinosad as the active ingredient. I use it to control Thrips on my blues through out the growing season. I only spray the tender new growth as thats what they tend to attack.


    • #3
      ok, thanks. i'll give that a try.
      Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)


      • #4
        I'd try either Bt or Spinosad, Bt might be slightly effective though.
        SE PA
        Zone 6


        • #5
          It's the new foliage, flowers that are getting devoured. They bounce back with a new flush of foliage but no new flowers.

          I'll try the Spinsoad when I see the little buggers.
          Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)