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Re: [AZ] Applying Tanglefoot to stop bud borers

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  • Joe Schild
    Mike, Perhaps, I am most fortunate in that I have never had problems with the cutworm. Other pesky critters like leaf rollers, yes, but no cutworms.
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 3, 2005
      Perhaps, I am most fortunate in that I have never had problems with the cutworm. Other pesky critters like leaf rollers, yes, but no cutworms. "Tanglefoot" works very well for controlling the aphids farmer ants herd and other pests. At the arboretum, we had problems with Deer Flies and man they do bite. I ran across an article on Deer Fly traps and we gave it a try. It seems that Deer Flies go after moving targets and are attracted to the color blue, so we mounted a bright, blue ball coated with Tanglefoot on a pole, and then attached that pole to our tractors and mowers. No more bites and the balls ended up covered with stuck Deer Flies that were mad as blazes.
      The author of the article stated that he suffered much ridicule after he mounted a blue painted ball to his hard hat, but got the last laugh when he didn't get bit and the others on his staff did. BTW, this man is a professor at the University of Florida and I found his paper with a Google search on Deer flies.
      The only problem was washing off the dead Deer Flies and not getting fingers stuck along with them. A word of caution, for on one occasion I laid the "sticky ball" on the ground and the next day I found two toads stuck to it. Toads eat more insects than the ball caught, so it was zero sum situation.
      Joe Schild-Hixson, TN USDA Zone 7a
      Ask a friend to join the Azalea Society of America!
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: 3/3/05 12:18:36 PM
      Subject: Re: [AZ] Applying Tanglefoot to stop bud borers

      It is the perfect time to "Tanglefoot" to stop bud
      destroying climbing cutworms.  It is difficult to find
      the product in local garden stores but Lee Valley
      garden products has it leevalley.com.

      We had recently some 60 to 70 degree days following by
      cool balmy nights and I went on a too-brief night
      patrol for climbing cutworms and "macro-mutant)
      walking sticks, both of which love such weather and do
      their damage AT NIGHT.  I squooshed one large cutworm
      perched on a large native azalea flower bud and just
      beginning to chew. 

      There seems to be one worm per plant, which starts
      small and grows as he or she eats one of more large
      buds per night until they have halted the season on a
      new plant if it has 20 or fewer buds to choose from.
      Shrub-climbing utworms are a heart-breark on those
      seedling azaleas you have waited onthree or more years
      to bloom.

      One problem with using Tanglefoot - WARN your friends
      who visit later on to view your azaleas in flower,
      because folks are quite prone to gripping a stem below
      the truss for a better view, and Tanglefoot adheres
      tightly to human skin.  I use strips of mini-blind as
      an applicator for Tanglefoot.  The paste needs to be
      at room temperature or warmer for application.  Cover
      a 2-inch or so section of the stem below likely buds,
      on ALL sides.  Oh yes, Tanglefoot is non-toxic, but
      boy is it sticky.

      Night patrols of dormant native azaleas are an
      eye-opener as far as finding nocturnal feeding pests.
      The Azalea Nut
      Mike Creel
      South Carolina, Zone 8A

      --- john barnes <jbarnes@...> wrote:

      > Mike, is it too late to apply the stickyfoot to stop
      > those pesky bud borers?
      > John Barnes
      > Greenwood, SC
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