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When should you spray fruit trees?

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There is no specific time that is ideal for spraying fruit trees for pests. The type of pests and fruit trees determine the best time for spraying. The North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension warns that spraying fruit trees during blooming periods risks killing pollinators and reducing fruit production.

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Some pests require minimal applications of insecticide, while others need more work. For example, beetles often attack blackberry and blueberry fruit trees, but the trees only need to be sprayed one or two times prior to the blooming period to get rid of them. The easiest fruit tree to protect from insects and pests is the pear tree, which rarely has pest problems, according to the North Carolina State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic. Certain fruit trees, such as cherries, plums, peaches and apples, need multiple sprays during the growing season.

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