WNC Orchard Insect Pest Populations – July 26, 2023

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Brown marmorated stink bug trapEgg hatch of the second and third generation of codling moth and oriental fruit moth are about 25% complete, respectively, in Henderson County. In Cleveland County, second generation codling moth egg hatch is near completion, and fourth generation OFM egg hatch is just beginning. While populations have been low throughout the season throughout the area, pheromone trap captures in individual orchards should be the basis of management decisions.

Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB): Last week’s BMSB degree-day accumulation calculations contained an error, with more DD actually accumulating than reported. However, population development is still behind that of previous years. BMSB DD accumulations in Henderson, Wilkes and Cleveland Counties is currently 557, 569 and 721 DD, respectively; at this time last year DD accumulations were 690 in Henderson, 700 in Wilkes, and 891 in Cleveland Counties. Initial emergence of first generation adults is expected later this week in Cleveland County and similar elevations, while emergence is not expected for at least two to three weeks in higher elevations (Henderson and Wilkes).

Last week a total of 76 BMSB pheromone traps were set in commercial orchards in Henderson County, and across all traps an average of 1.9 adults per trap were captured. While this is not a large number, BMSB is known to be highly attractive to Granny Smith apples in late July to early August. Hence, a preventive spray targeting BMSB should be considered on Granny Smith at this time. Below are insecticides recommended for BMSB, their relative effectiveness, and limits on use.

Insecticides recommended for brown marmorated stink bug on apples.
Insecticide PHI (d) Relative Efficacy (1=poor, 5=excellent) Rate/A Max per season
Baythroid (beta cyfulthrin) 7 4 2.4 fl oz 2.8 fl oz
Brigade (bifenthrin*) 14 5 9.6 fl oz 28.8 fl oz
Danitol (fenpropathrin) 14 4 20 fl oz 42.6 fl oz
Karate/Warrior (lambda-cyhalothrin) 21 4 2.5 fl oz 12.8 fl oz
Mustang Maxx (zeta-cypermethrin) 14 4 4.0 fl oz 24.0 fl oz
Proaxis (gamma-cyhalothrin) 21 4 5.1 fl oz 20.8 fl oz
Tombstone (cyfluthrin) 7 4 2.4 fl oz 12.8 fl oz
Actara (thiamethoxam) 35 4 4.5 oz 16.5 oz
Belay (chlothianidin) 7 4 6.0 fl oz 12.0 fl oz
Besiege (chlorantraniliprole + lambda-cyhalothrin) 21 4 10.0 fl oz 31.0 fl oz
Endigo (lambda-cyhalothrin + thiamethoxam) 35 4 6.0 fl oz 28.0 fl oz
Leverage (imidacloprid + beta-cyfluthrin) 7 4 2.8 fl oz 2.8 fl oz
Voliam Flexi (chlorantraniliprole + thiamethoxam) 35 4 6.0 oz 16.0 oz
*Brigade is the only bifenthrin product with apple on the label.


Remember that the Mountain Hort Field Day is on Thursday, August 10, at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. This field day includes several apple presentations in the research orchards as well as talks on tomatoes, vegetables, specialty crops, and alternative crops. More details are in the MHCREC announcement.

Learn more about southeastern apple insect pests at the Apple Insect Management page.

2023 Average Weekly Trap Captures

Insects per trap
July 10 July 17 July 24
Codling moth  2.5 1.0 1.0
Oriental fruit moth 16.0 15.5 18.0
Tufted apple bud moth 0.0 0.0 0.0
Redbanded leafroller 2.0 0.0 0.0
Obliquebanded leafroller 3.0 0.0 0.0
Lesser appleworm 5.0 1.0 0.0
Apple maggot (abandoned and research orchards) 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brown marmorated stink bug (commercial)
Brown marmorated stink bug (unsprayed) 0.3 1.3 0.0
Spotted tentiform leafminer 0.0 0.0 0.0
Dogwood borer 25.0 20.0 17.0
Peachtree borer 13.0 7.5 5.5
Lesser peachtree borer 3.5 4.0 3.0
San Jose scale 0.0 225.0 15.0

*Note that these averages illustrate only the timing of insect emergence and fluctuations in populations, and are not representative of population levels in any given orchard. The only way to have an accurate assessment of an individual orchard’s populations is to set up traps in that orchard.

2023 Accumulated Degree Days

July 10 July 17 July 24
Codling moth (Biofix: April 7) 1282 1451 1605
Oriental fruit moth (Biofix: March 24) 1882 2086 2275
Tufted apple bud moth (Biofix: April 21) 1529 1733 1922

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2023 Pest Population Trends

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