Episode 11: The Sex Lives Of Insect Pests

 It’s important to understand the sex lives of fruit tree pests if you want to protect your fruit trees from insect infestations. That’s what entomologist Dr Gary Judd of B.C.’s Summerland Research and Development Centre believes and in this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show he outlines the different ways to use this knowledge to protect your fruit trees.

Then in the second half of the show…is there a right and wrong way to water your trees and plants? Apparently there is. And pomologist Chuck Ingels of the University of California’s Cooperative Extension in Sacramento will tells us all about it

What you will learn about the sex lives of insect pests in this show:

  • What are “orchard socks”?
  • What is the difference between direct and indirect pests?
  • How are insect pest infestations typically controlled?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of chemical pesticides?
  • What are pheromone traps?
  • How can synthesized pheromones prevent insect pest issues?
  • How can you obtain insect pheromones and pheromone traps?
  • How large does your growing space have to be for mating obstruction  pest control methods to be effective?
  • How does the “sterile insect technique” work?
  • How are coddling moths sterilized?


  •  What you will learn about fruit irrigation in this show:
  • Why is proper irrigation essential in dry climates?
  • How do droughts affect fruit trees?
  • What are some different irrigation methods?
  • What are the disadvantages of over-watering your fruit tree?
  • How does chlorinated water affect trees?
  • How can you test whether your tree is receiving enough water?

The Urban Forestry Radio Show’s host is Susan Poizner, creator of the award-winning fruit tree care portal www.orchardpeople.com and author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”.

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