Well, it looks like I am the only one whose peaches got hit by this unidentified problem.
I think it’s insect damage, not diseases. I’ve only sprayed Surround and sulfur so I don’t think it’s chemical damage, either.
The insect in the picture looks like a fly. I can’t figure out what kind yet. I don’t know if this was the culprit. Flies tends to do damage when fruit is ripening. The damage on young peaches like this probably were done by other insects.
Wow…never had any damage like that, nor have I seen photos like that. Don’t know what that fly is either. Mamuang, try sending off your photos to the Kearneysville Fruit Research Station. They have an entomology department there and maybe they could identify it.
That is stinkbug damage I am close to certain. Really, really sucks. If the brown sinks into the flesh it is probably BMS, I think. Had the same thing at a couple of sites last year and had photos sent to Cornell and that was the verdict.
If it’s BMS probably the best thing you can purchase is malathion, based on info Applenut supplied recently on the BMS issue. The problem is they pretty much need to be on the fruit when you spray them.
Scott suggests that Surround works reasonably well and at least it has some endurance.
Green stink bugs can probably be treated with triazicide. I’ve knocked them down with Asana- a similar pyrethroid.
Lots of info. I had no idea they were SUCH a huge problem, I have been so focused on other pests. I will be on the lookout now since you are not that far from me. I have a viburnum stand near my Spy tree that may be a laying ground by what I read - going to examine the leaves for eggs tomorrow. Death to BMSB.
Sorry to here about your peach damaged. I hope you get those bad guys!! I have other issue here like mosquito this year because of a real wet Spring. I had to spray myself from head to toe after dusk or else being eating alive in the back yard.
I’ve known about BMSB as I have read from other posters since we were at Gardenweb. I’ve thought I was safe because I hardly see any. Well, either it’s a brown, a green or any stinkbugs (or any beetles), they did do severe damages.
I have not seen pics of BMSB on peaches like the ones I have. They look awful. I bagged some with not much damages. I’d like to find out if the peaches will rot or just grow and have superficial damages only. We’ll see.
Tony - Thanks for the support. My friend, a gardener, told me she bought a clip-on mosquito repellant. It was a battery-operated small device that you clip on your belt. She said it worked. Don’t know if it’s a better option than spraying yourself.
Where I had the worst,BMS damage I never found more than a couple on the trees whereas with green stinkbugs the instars have been all over the place- on every peach- they are evident before the crop is severely damaged.
Jellyman from Garden Web had no luck with bagging fruit from BMSB. Last I heard from him he gave up on the whole business of growing fruit because of a single season where he lost everything to BMS wounds made through the bags.
Scott sees them in his orchard but doesn’t suffer too much damage and I believe his only deterrent is Surround.