Hot, humid climates harbor all kinds of creepy crawlies. The good news is you can control them once you learn to recognize the major pests that feed on citrus trees.
INSECT CONTROL FOR CITRUS:
- Watch for ants as they may be a sign of aphids and scale.
- Spray for pests with insecticidal soap, organic Neem-based pesticide or make your own spray by mixing 2 teaspoons dishwashing soap with 1 gallon water. Thoroughly coat insects, stems and both sides of leaves.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around citrus to protect your trees from snails and slugs. Slugs won’t cross this barrier because it cuts their soft skin. Reapply after a hard rain. Or, wrap the trunk with copper tape.
- Hang sticky traps to control whiteflies.
- In worst cases, use a pesticide made for citrus. Ask your Garden Center associate for help.