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Insect Traps for Fruit Trees

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Bug Jugs

Insect Traps for Fruit Trees - Pesticide Free

When we bought this farm five years ago there weren’t any trees left standing around the house, with the exception for two towering pines.  A couple years before the previous owner wanted to plant more corn. He cut down dozens of trees, dozens more were bulldozed. Apparently he didn’t find value in them. The house and yard looked naked without trees so one of our priority's has been to re-plant as many as possible. Heirloom apple, cherry, and peach trees were planted our first spring. Additionally, a direct seeding of acorns, walnuts, chestnuts, and hickory were planted. The fruit trees were growing beautifully until their third summer when the lambs scooted under the fence and ate the leaves and some smaller branches off the apple trees. Luckily it was late enough in the year so the trees were headed into dormancy.  There's a better fence now with two strands of electric wire, set low, and 3 additional strands of high tensile wire. The trees have recovered and twenty more have been planted.

Last year ninety pine trees were added to create a wind break. Scattered around the house are small oaks and maples which, in our lifetime, won’t be big enough for shade. Ssomeday they’ll be perfect for a tire swing.

The fruit trees need special care; pruning, mulching and pest control. In May we start hanging jugs filled with insect attractant to protect the young fruit from damage. Here's the recipe for pesticide free insect traps for fruit trees that work.

Here’s the Bug  Jug Recipe:

Place a banana peel in each jug. Use a funnel to add the sugar and vinegar. Add enough hot water to dissolve the sugar, fill the jug 2/3 full. Keep the cap off the jug ( tape the cap to the bottom of the jug so it can be used it to it again). Hang from the branches with twine, 1 jug for every inch of trunk diameter. Change the jugs often to keep them attractive to pests.

Here's a great recipe for Natural Homemade Herbicide


2 thoughts on “Insect Traps for Fruit Trees

  1. Shannon

    I've had really good luck with nylon footies placed on my apples and pears at fruit set. I by them from the home orchard society. No worms in the fruit. (I just pull it off when I pick the fruit).

    I am growing gravenstein apples and honeygold. (I also am growing french plums, pears, and sour cherries)

    I like your jug idea though, I will have to try it out.


    1. glenda

      Hi Shannon,

      We've had great success with the apple jugs especially with moths. I'll give the footies a try, what a very clever idea. My neighbor cuts nylon stockings to use for supporting cantaloupe on a trellis. As the fruit grows the stocking stretches. They haven't had an issue with insects or fruit rot. We bought a variety of heirloom apples and a few family favorites. The trees are Jonathan, Wolf River, Spitzenburg (Thomas Jefferson's favorite. We'll see how it does in Iowa), Haralson, and Duchess of Oldenburg. The cherry trees are Montmorency, Meteor, and North Star.

      Enjoy the fruits of your labor!


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