So much work so little satisfaction. We have 4 peach trees with Delicious fruits...unfortunately the Plum Curculio (PC) agrees. It has been a thorn in my side for years.
What is a Plum Curculio? It's a tiny beetle only about 1/4n long. The beetle itself is not the problem. It's the larvae. Well the beetle is a problem, but the larvae....aaaargh... that is a PROBLEM. The larvae, also referred to as "the worm" is a whitish grub like creature with a brown head. You find a nice big peach, pick it and take a bite....Then in the flesh you see the worm, you spit out the bite and try to spit out anything else and gag. So for years of battling this problem, this is the final straw. If we can not get some control over these pesky pests this year, I am giving up on peaches.
It is not only peaches and plums it affects. It likes all the stone fruits. peach, plum, apple, cherry, apricot, pear, quince...etc...etc.
In trying to keep the yard organic, don't want any pesticides to harm wildlife, pets or people, we went to the Natural Gardener in hopes to FINALLY find the solution.
We were advised of a spraying schedule, and hopefully this will be the year we can eat peaches fresh from the tree!!!
I will also check the foliage for adult PC in the summer, though I am sure they will feed, and spray accordingly.