Re: [AZ] Applying Tanglefoot to stop bud borers
- 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. "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 7aAsk a friend to join the Azalea Society of America!----- Original Message -----From: Mike CreelSent: 3/3/05 12:18:36 PMSubject: Re: [AZ] Applying Tanglefoot to stop bud borersIt 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
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
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