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Old 06-23-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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My Wife says we have web worms in my pecan tree that I have been trying to get some pecans out of for years....(insert Smart maniacal belly laughing here)

Many a squirrel has pillaged my pecan tree, many have paid the ultimate price...and now the insects have to interject themselves...



how can I neutralize these new pests? baking soda? diatomaceous (big word) earth?
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:57 PM   #2
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My neighbors have the same problem every year with their pecan tree. He's got something that almost kills on contact he sprays the trees with. Not sure what it is. I noticed just last weekend that they had started again. And I trapped 23 squirrels for them last fall.



I did read that real soapy water works. But nto sure if it dose. Maybe a quart bottle for testing?
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:57 PM   #3
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Are you wanting organic? My dad has always used Spectracide that comes in a hose end bottle that can shoot up to 20' in the air. It has worked well
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:06 PM   #4
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My neighbors have the same problem every year with their pecan tree. He's got something that almost kills on contact he sprays the trees with. Not sure what it is. I noticed just last weekend that they had started again. And I trapped 23 squirrels for them last fall.



I did read that real soapy water works. But nto sure if it dose. Maybe a quart bottle for testing?
I have heard that before as well, then I think mixing some baking soda and spraying works for some kinds of insects....also that diatomaceous earth many insects no likey....

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Are you wanting organic? My dad has always used Spectracide that comes in a hose end bottle that can shoot up to 20' in the air. It has worked well
Would like organic if possible since it's in the front yard, kids and dogs...and pecans...
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:10 PM   #5
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supposedly if you tear open the webs with a pole saw it will allow in wasp's that eat them, gonna do that here tomorrow as they just showed up on mine......
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supposedly if you tear open the webs with a pole saw it will allow in wasp's that eat them, gonna do that here tomorrow as they just showed up on mine......
nice...operation infestation obliteration is underway....soapy water appetizer, baking soda and diatomaceous earth for dessert...
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:18 PM   #7
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or even more entertaining, I'm gonna open up the tall ones with with 3 1/2 inch BB's....
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:20 PM   #8
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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:21 PM   #9
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:24 PM   #10
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If you spray them be sure to tear a hole in webbing to spray inside.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:25 PM   #11
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or even more entertaining, I'm gonna open up the tall ones with with 3 1/2 inch BB's....
In the hood, although I like our local LEO's, no need to have them come and visit for this...


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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
hmm....I do have my pear burner, aka coal expediter....and they aren't too high...throw in a ladder and we have a youtube video in the works...


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Fire, hammers and 200mph tape....if these can't fix the problem, it can't be fixed...lol
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:26 PM   #12
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I always burn them. Low ones with torch and higher ones with rag on a long pole.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:27 PM   #13
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brb....if I am not back in 10 minutes, call the paramedics...er, fire dept first, meatwagon will tag along anyway...
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:31 PM   #14
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Always watched my papaw use Burnadellís method


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Old 06-23-2018, 04:37 PM   #15
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intermission....trying to be safe, my Wife seems to have 'put away' my fire extinguisher that is 'supposed' to be under the kitchen sink....nice...lol
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:41 PM   #16
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Found it....'someone' moved it outside by the gas grill....sheesh





FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:49 PM   #17
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nice...operation infestation obliteration is underway....soapy water appetizer, baking soda and diatomaceous earth for dessert...
We used a shotgun to do it but if your in city limits that wont work. It works if you have wasps nests around to get them. Tempo works too.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:52 PM   #18
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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
That's what my daddy always did......
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:09 PM   #19
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no fire needed unfortunately, combed them out with the pole saw....thinking the limbs might survive, if not, fire and saw are within reach....will mix up the concoction later and spray the area down...to danged hot out there right now....

gotta save those pecans!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:40 PM   #20
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Deff have to tear open the webs
They are water proof and poisons won’t get to them if you don’t open the nests
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:47 PM   #21
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Temik in the soil. If its outlawed and you cant find it there are others. Kill your pets dead too
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:53 PM   #22
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Our tree is 50-60ft. No reaching with a pole. He uses his pressure washer and what ever the treatment is. Knocks-em right out of the tree on contact. They die shortly after. This is what ours look like.








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Old 06-23-2018, 07:59 PM   #23
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We used a shotgun to do it but if your in city limits that wont work.
I have shotguns that work inside the city limits. You should take yours and have it checked. I had the citylimiter removed on mine.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:06 PM   #24
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This.
https://www.dirtdoctor.com/www/defau...ramma_002.jpeg

Put out 5 cards of these seven years ago and this year is the first time we have seen a web worm since. Just put out 20,000 more of the little flying carnivores


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Old 06-23-2018, 11:10 PM   #25
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trichogramma wasps

Amazon , eBay or a good nursery


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Old 06-23-2018, 11:13 PM   #26
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When I lived in Brownsville web worms were a constant battle. I don't know if it is still available but we used a product called Tangle Foot. If I remember correctly it is a gum base product that you apply around the truck of the tree. This prevents them from completing their reproductive cycle. Sorry it's been a long time ago but I think they lay their eggs in the ground and when they hatch the next generation would climb up the tree but I could be mistaken. Anyway when they really ****** me off I would get the longest pole I could find. Attach a propane torch on the end and roast them suckers.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:38 PM   #27
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Neem oil if you are wanting to go organic. Every month.
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:05 AM   #28
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or even more entertaining, I'm gonna open up the tall ones with with 3 1/2 inch BB's....
My dad is a depression baby and they had a pecan grove growing up. He said they would dump the shot out of shotgun shells and re-crimp after filling with granular DDT. No more worms. Dang that Rachael Carson! :-)
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:16 AM   #29
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Wasp are the animals that feed on web worms...web worms use their webs as a deterent to the wasp. Take a pole and open up the webs and wasps will come in and have a feast!
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:37 AM   #30
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We burn them if a pole can be fabricated long enough to reach them. Just wrapped up with newspaper and light. I've also had luck with malathion and a pump sprayer.
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:25 PM   #31
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Soak roll of toilet paper in alcohol, put on long pole, light and burn the **** things. Dad always did that and always works
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Old 06-24-2018, 12:27 PM   #32
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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
This is what we would do with bamboo poles.
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:01 PM   #33
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permithrins will kill em daid and continue to kill for a couple of weeks. Safe for humans and pets except fish. Just need something that will squirt it high enough. You can by it at any feed store. It's what is used in dairy barns to kill flies.
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BT. (Bacillus thuriengensis). Just spray as much of the tree as you can reach. Systemic action is absorbed by the tree and infects pests eating the leaves; pests get sick and die.
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BT. (Bacillus thuriengensis). Just spray as much of the tree as you can reach. Systemic action is absorbed by the tree and infects pests eating the leaves; pests get sick and die.
what about the pecans...is it bad to eat the pecans at that point?
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BT doesn't hurt humans and can be used on edible crops up to the day of harvest.

Looked at some research that pointed out that Bt is not activated until it reaches the gut of insects, where favorable acid levels allow it to activate. The high acid levels in a human's digestive tract do not allow activation of the toxic affects that occur in target insects.

A 2001 US EPA study, quoted in Wikipedia, found that "Bt toxins are not toxic to mammals."

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Old 06-24-2018, 07:43 PM   #37
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Thuricide makes 'em sick all right---they turn themselves inside out -- and die.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:16 AM   #38
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I had an orchard with 250 pecan trees dish soap and water works as good or better than any pesticides and is non toxic to you spraying it. Web worms will show up every year and got to spray them. Never heard of the wasp thing. Like I said I used the dish soap and water every year on my entire orchard.

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My stepdad always went natural. He made a torch on a long pole and burned them.
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Had one in my pecan tree a few weeks ago. I sprayed it with the cutter yard guard and it killed them on contact. Then I sprayed everything else I should reach with it also.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:45 AM   #41
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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
grew up with nothing but pecan trees. this is how to do it. Also the wasps must like them cooked cause they will eat here too.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:31 PM   #42
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Had one in my pecan tree a few weeks ago. I sprayed it with the cutter yard guard and it killed them on contact. Then I sprayed everything else I should reach with it also.


Cutter may not be the best for a specific task, but I've learned it's darn good at every pest I've wanted gone.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:36 PM   #43
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Yep. This is what my dad used to do when I was a kid. Ling pole w/ rags wrapped around the end and soaked in whatever fuel he used (kerosene maybe?). He'd just reach up in the pecan trees and torch 'em.
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wow!! never have seen them in trees mostly on corn roots
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:47 PM   #45
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If they are not too tall, the best way is get a long pole and tape several long poles together if needed to reach the worms. Tie a rag soaked in a flammable, light it and burn the little bastages arses! You will also get some sadistic pleasure out of watching them wriggle in pain as they die a slow death!
My grandmother used to weave newspaper between the tines of a rake and do this.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:39 PM   #46
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Spray with dawn soap and water mix.
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