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Organic Pest Control for Pear Trees

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Organic pest control for pear trees is imperative if you want to raise organic pears for market or for personal use.

Pears Are Hardy

In fact according opinion of National Sustainable Agricultural Service, pears may be the easiest fruits to grow organically. They grow well in almost every part of the country, and in a wide range of soil and climate states. Pears have fewer ailment and fewer predicaments with pests than other fruits as well.

It is very important to ask with your country Cooperative Extension Service to discover out the best varieties to grow in your area. Trees that are compatible with your climate and soil states will do better with less intervention, than those that are not.

Organic Pest Control for Pear Trees

Most of the pests and ailment associated with apples are as well associated with pear trees. The varyence is that pear trees tend to have these predicaments less frequently and with less intensity. In order to combat the pests in your pears, it is very important that you identify them correctly. If you are in doubt as to what you are dealing with, try to take a sample to a local nursery or county extension agent.

Pear Psylla

This is an insect that is somewhat like an aphid. The only fruit that it attacks is the pear and is the biggest predicament in pear orchards. The excrement of the psylla, called honeydew, supports sooty mold and black russeting. These ailment weaken trees where there is heavy infestation.

Surround is a kaolin clay that has been developed by the USDA. It is a particle film that has an fine track record with many pests, including pear psylla. The psylla as well has many organic enemies. Some nurseries and online resources sell these organic predators.

  • Lacewing larvae
  • Minute pirate bugs
  • Predatory flies


Many bugs like the stink bug and tarnished plant bug will eat pears. You can deal with these insects by allowing an unmown area of leguminous trap crops nearby. This will not only lure the bugs away from pears, but will provide a habitat for organic predators.

Surround works against these pests as well. Another product called Aza-Direct has been listed by organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic pear orchards.


There are several varieties of mites. These small pests cause predicaments in the pear orchard both from the reduction in the photosynthetic efficiency of the leaves and because they can cause russeting of the fruit. Mites are worse when pears have been in drought states, so try to keep them well watered and mulched.

organic predators include:

  • Green lacewings
  • Ladybird beetles
  • Minute pirate bugs
  • Predatory mites
  • Predatory thrips

Dormant oil sprays and Neem based biological insecticides are helpful in organic orchards that need to control mites.

Miscellaneous Pests

Other pests that can affect your pear orchard are:

  • Apple maggot
  • Coddling moth
  • Pear slug
  • Plum curculio
  • Scale

removal affected areas of the tree, leaves, and fruit by hand and disposing of them can be an effective way to deal with these pests. Do not dispose of them in your compost pile, however.

Coddling moths can be trapped in a homemade trap. Fill a gallon milk jug with 1 cup vinegar, ½ cup molasses, 1/8 teaspoon of ammonia, and 5 cups of water. Cut a 2-inch hole just below the shoulder of the jug. Hang your trap in your pear tree, using up to three traps per tree.

Pear slugs can frequently be removed with a strong stream of water. This simple method can work for other pests, depending on the size of your orchard.

You can as well look into organic fruit tree sprays, homemade sprays, and other traps to help if you have a variety of pests.The most effective organic pest control for pear trees is to keep your trees healthy and well watered. Most pear tree varieties are not susceptible to pests and will thrive if given a chance.

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