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Neem oil can stop cankerworms skeletonizing the leaves

 

Cankerworms are small insects, which eat leaves causing holes in the leaves which look like a skeleton with only the veins. Cankerworms are dangerous because it can destroy even an orchard farm, and it can spoil the overall health of any tree in a period of time. These worms are also known as inchworms because they grow up to a maximum of 1 inch in length.

Types of cankerworms

The two types of cankerworms are spring and Fall cankerworms. If you are having a cherry, oak, maple farms you need to be careful with cankerworms. Because if you do not take enough care on eliminating these worms for more than two years, it will definitely spoil the overall health of each tree you have in your farm.

Lifecycle and Growth of cankerworms

Cankerworms grow up to 25mm, i.e. roughly 1 inch and Fall cankerworms has three pairs of legs, and fall cankerworms have two pairs of legs, which are connected through their body. It lays eggs in the fall season and eggs of both spring and fall cankerworms will hatch on the spring season.

Solution for stopping cankerworm

Neem oil can be the best solution on stopping cankerworms. It can kill both these type of worms as soon the neem oil touches the cankerworm. To get better results, you need to use neem soap to eliminate these worms spreading out in the trees. You need to spray the neem oil on all the parts of the leaves and apply directly on the worm's body. Early spring season is the best time to apply this idea because the cankerworms will be just hatched and the cankerworms would not have grown to their full length.

However, this can be a temporary solution, as applying neem oil for only one time will never eliminate cankerworms permanently because if you apply once, neem oil can eliminate cankerworms and stop them spreading for about 2 to three weeks, if you leave it for more than 1 month period, there is always a chance for the new born cankerworms occupying your trees again. If you apply neem soap for a time period of about 30 days regularly you will definitely eliminate both types of cankerworms from your farm. Neem oil is a natural insecticide, applying it on your trees will cause no harm to the trees.

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Author: Adam Teaser - neem articles


The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of Plasma Power Private Limited. Reproduction of the articles does not in anyway form an endorsement

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