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WINTER MOTH flight last November / December was substantially more prevalent than it has been in Massachusetts for several years. This is a strong indicator that the numbers of caterpillars this spring will be up considerably for the first time in 3 years, and serious damage to trees, apple crops, and blueberries may occur. Dormant oil sprays for fruit tree crops (apple, blueberry) may be prudent. Once the foliage is open, these caterpillars then feed freely and can be managed with Bacillus thuringiensis Kurstaki (B.t.K.) while they are still small, or with a product that contains spinosad, or with a registered pyrethroid product. Winter moth egg hatch should occur any day now. (Information source: Umass Extension Landscape Message #6, http://umassgreeninfo.org/landscape_message/landscape_message.html)
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