Pinocid helps protect conifers from pests
Coniferous plants, especially in recent times, have become an indispensable attribute of the infield. A variety of shapes and colors allow gardeners to create an original landscape, not only in large areas, but also in modest suburban areas. Frost resistance of many species of these plants, unpretentiousness and endurance, combined with a spectacular appearance, bring to our lives a piece of wildlife and fill the space with a unique aroma and useful phytoncides. Indeed, today, as never before, it is important to breathe clean air. But, despite natural endurance, conifers, like deciduous crops, are often affected by pests. For young seedlings or weakened plants, their attacks can result in death, so plants need help. Our article will help you in time to recognize the pest and take the necessary protective measures.
Coniferous insect pests
Most often, pest attacks occur in the spring, when the trees are weakened, and insects come out of hibernation and are actively looking for food. And here it must be said that many of them are rather deftly disguised, and it is quite difficult to make out with their naked eyes. The damage that they cause to plants is often mistaken for lack of nutrition, lighting or an unknown disease.
Therefore, before denying protection to pets because of the absence of pests, it is necessary to find out what these pests look like and what the results of their activities look like.
Hermes, or Mealybug, despite its small size, is quite dangerous for many species of conifers. The whitish insect is covered with a wax coating on the outside and looks like an aphid. Settling on the needles, the pest sucks the juice, weakening the plant. Over time, the needles turn yellow and fall, and young plants often die. You can recognize the mealybug by the white cotton shreds on the needles and shoots.
Aphids are no less dangerous for conifers than for all other crops. A small insect can be very difficult to see, since its size does not exceed 1-2 mm, and the green color serves as an excellent disguise. Pine aphids are easier to spot - insects of a dark gray color are clearly visible on the needles.
Juniper needles provide food for juniper aphids. Brown insects up to 3 mm long are easily noticeable on a green background. All species of aphids cause significant damage to conifers and lead to curvature of shoots, stunting and loss of decorativeness.
Juniper and arborvitae are preferred for insects, although occasionally they can be found on spruce shoots. Small brown shields of these insects do not exceed 1-1.5 mm and you can notice them on the needles, young cones and berries. Young plants are particularly affected by mass pest damage, which is manifested in stunting and browning of needles.
Pine scale insects are as subtle as ordinary ones, but they bring no less harm. The shield provides them with reliable protection both from the attention of the gardener and from pest control agents, therefore, they can be dealt with only with the help of systemic drugs.
There are three types of pseudo-scavengers, which threaten mainly spruces: the large spruce pseudo-scutellum, the small spruce pseudo-scutellum, and the Hungarian spruce pseudocode. Nature seriously took care of her offspring - whose mimicry is amazing! If you do not know what these pests look like, you will never think that these cones in the internodes are not buds at all, but insects.
The needles and shoots larvae feed on the juice of needles and shoots, and the result of this feast is pathological changes in plant tissues, leading to underdevelopment and decay of needles, and impaired growth of shoots and the whole plant. Females of false shields, like aphids, secrete honey dew - a sugar mass that attracts flies, ants, bees and wasps. The appearance of these insects near the firs serves as a signal for a careful examination of plants.
Sawmills are of several types, but all bring obvious harm to conifers. An ordinary conifer sawfly destroys the needles in two steps: in spring, young needles eat the larvae, and by the middle of summer, second-generation sawflies are taken up.
The development of the red pine sawfly is reduced to one generation - in the spring, the pest eats needles and the bark of young shoots, and by autumn lays eggs inside the pine needles for wintering.
Juniper may be affected by sawfly pseudo-caterpillars. Green larvae are easily recognized by three brown stripes on the back and dark head. Pests damage not only the needles, but also gnaw the internal tissues of the shoots.
We talked about the most common pests of conifers, but this list, unfortunately, can be continued. All of the above insects, as well as spider mites, pine bugs, shoot moth caterpillars, shoot shoots, leafworms, pine silkworms and some others not only spoil the appearance of plants. Other dangerous pests, such as bark beetles and goldfish, often settle on weakened conifers with beaten bark and needles, and in wet weather fungal diseases often occur.
How to protect conifers from pests?
Since harmful insects begin their destructive activity in the spring, immediately after awakening from hibernation, measures to protect conifers must be taken in the spring. The Pinocid preparation will effectively help in the fight against a complex of pests.
An important advantage of this tool is its high activity in a wide temperature range, so treatments can be started already in early spring. Due to its pronounced systemic and contact properties, Pinocid leaves no chance for a wide variety of pests, even as difficult to destroy as scale insects. The drug copes with the task in 24 hours, and the prolonged action lasts at least 14 days.
"Pinocide" when used correctly is not toxic to plants. It is necessary to use the drug according to the instructions, which detail the consumption rates and processing methods. To protect conifers and to control pests that have already appeared, spraying with a solution (2 ml per 10 l of water) is used.
When working with the drug, it is important to remember that “Pinocid” is an insecticide, therefore security measures cannot be ignored. You can also read about all this in the instructions.
Dear readers! If your conifers do not grow well, look stunted and sad - take a closer look at them, maybe your fir-trees and pines were liked not only by you. Use for pest control or for prevention purposes the unique modern Pinocid remedy from the well-known manufacturer of the August company, and let the green bright needles give you joy and health!