How to Treat Bugs on a Mango Tree

Answer

Your consistent attention to providing sufficient amounts of water and fertiliser has allowed the mango tree (Mangifera indica) that you’ve planted in a warm, sunny spot of your protected garden to flourish. On the other hand, you can become aware one sunny day that there are bugs crawling on your tree. In severe infestations, you should treat the mango tree with the gentlest means of bug killing before going on to pesticides. Even if the mango tree is unaffected by tiny populations of pests, you should nevertheless treat the tree.

  1. Find out what kind of bug is plaguing your mango tree. Indoor and outdoor gardens are susceptible to the same common pests, including aphids, mealybugs, mites, scale, and whiteflies. If ants are present and feeding on the insects, it is imperative that you eradicate the ants in order to effectively manage the pest infestation.

  2. According to the instructions provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Cooperative Extension, aphids and other soft-bodied pests may be removed off the mango tree’s leaves and branches by spraying them with a vigorous stream of water. Use a clean, soft cloth to carefully wipe the tree down in order to eliminate any lingering insects.

  3. Create a solution by combining half of a teaspoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, and one quart of water. Pour into a spray bottle and give it a good shake before using. Spray the solution on a single leaf and then wait a day to check that the mango leaf was not harmed by the treatment. According to the recommendations of the Clemson Cooperative Extension, you should apply the insecticide to all of the damaged areas.

  4. If you’re trying to battle mites using a DIY insect spray, add two teaspoons of cayenne pepper to the mixture. After letting the solution sit undisturbed for a full night, giving it a good stir will ensure that all of the components are properly combined. First, pour the solution into a spray bottle, then try it out on a single leaf before applying it to the rest of the tree.

  5. If the infestation is severe, you should apply an oil designed for use in horticulture to the tree, such as neem oil. Applying the oil liberally to the plant’s leaves and branches is the best way to guarantee that all of the pests have been eradicated.

  6. In the garden, let loose some predatory insects like praying mantises and ladybugs. After nightfall, spray the ladybugs with a fine mist of water and then set them on the mango tree to prevent them from flying away. As soon as the ladybugs locate the undesirables, they will quickly begin eating on them.

  7. Tree wrap will be used to encase the trunk of the mango tree. Applying a layer of a substance that creates a sticky barrier over the wrap will prevent the ants from repopulating the tree with new pests that produce honeydew.

    Things You Will Need

    • Garden hose with sprayer

    • Soft rag

    • Dishwashing liquid

    • Vegetable oil

    • Spray bottle

    • Cayenne pepper

    • Horticultural oil, such as neem oil

    • Predatory insects such as ladybugs or praying mantises

    • Tree wrap

    • Sticky barrier product

    Tip

    Honeydew encourages the growth of a kind of mildew called sooty mildew. Spray any honeydew or mildew that is still present with a solution that consists of one quart of warm water combined with two teaspoons of baking soda. Spray the tree with antifungal spray once every two to four days until the mildew disappears.

    Sprays, whether handmade or purchased, should always be tested on a single leaf to determine that the tree can withstand the treatment. Certain kinds of plants have a low tolerance for the active components in pesticides.

    Warning

    When you are mixing the bug-killing solutions or spraying them, particularly ones that include cayenne pepper, be sure to protect your hands and eyes by using protective gloves and safety glasses.

    The mango tree belongs to the same family as the sumac tree. When working with the tree, use extreme care. It is possible to develop an allergic response to poison oak if you are very sensitive to the plant. Spraying an insecticide on a tree when the temperature is over 90 degrees is not a good idea since the tree may become more susceptible to the active components in the spray.

    Make sure that youngsters and dogs can’t get their hands on any pesticides.