How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Peachtree borer—Synanthedon exitiosa
The adult peachtree borer is a steel blue to black clearwing moth. Larvae are light brown or pinkish
with a darker head.
Identification of species | Life cycle
Damage is found primarily in the crown area or lower part of the trunk above or just below the soil line.
These pests can girdle and kill a healthy young tree. Older trees are sometimes attacked but they usually
tolerate the damage unless there are many larvae or a tree is attacked several years in a row.
Keep trees healthy and vigorous. You can remove borers through a technique called worming during fall,
winter, or early spring. Treatment
of trunks with insecticides or parasitic
nematodes can be effective.
borers damage near the soil line