In Irkutsk caterpillar plague

All the trees in parks and gardens are wrapped cocoons voracious insect experts say that after special treatment trees can be saved, but the apple harvest this year will not be

In Irkutsk caterpillar plague. All the trees in parks and gardens are wrapped cocoons voracious insects. The townspeople, who as you can, trying to deal with this scourge. For a man silver mole is not dangerous. Experts say that after a special treatment trees can be saved, but the apple harvest this year will be gone. Anna Kulakov with details.

— I could not see what they have crept back.

Valentine Udovydchenko in 30-degree weather window opens very rarely afraid that the house zapolzut caterpillars. They have turned the once blooming apple tree in a cocoon, tangled web. Irkutsk people wonder insects this year more than ever before. Apple moth larvae overwinter or ermine, as it is called for silver, under the bark of trees. In spring and summer, they eat leaves and reproduce. One female can lay up to 100 eggs.

Lyudmila Strotskaya, chief agronomist Rosselhoztsentra:
— The caterpillar lives of 35-40 days, so during this period it is necessary to treat the right against the tracks. This is immediately after flowering apple trees. The area of distribution is constantly expanding, and because treatment is not carried out, the number increases. The number has become so high that the entire damaged trees, and bares it so all the trees.

Spraying requires biological or chemical agents. Deficits in these specialists do not. The problem — in quickness responsible for improvement of the city structures.

Anna Kulakov, correspondent:
— In the administration of Irkutsk has the money to fight these pests. 700,000 rubles should be enough to process 40 000 trees. However, until now, has not been determined by the contractor. Who will destroy ermine moth, will be known on the basis of municipal competition. And its timing is not known.

In the meantime, the citizens get rid of the apple as caterpillars who can: they knock cocoons sticks or water from a hose, Dendrology pay for the work. A pensioner Aunt Valya no longer expects to save a tree which planted 50 years ago.

Udovydchenko Valentine, a resident of Irkutsk:
— Cut will be. It's a pity, but what can you do, they ate everything already.

Experts hasten to reassure, a month after processing trees turn green again, but their hardiness is to be lost. And if for some years with a history of untreated apple trees will be repeated, fruit trees may die.

Anna Kulakov, Dmitri Wojtkiewicz. "TV Center", Irkutsk.

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