What pests are eating the skin on my lemons?

our lemon tree has been attacked by something eating the peel off the fruit while still on the tree. What could it be? Some of the fruit is completely stripped of skin but the middle fruit is untouched. We had cockatoos attack tree of neighbur in the past but they usually just peck at fruit and carry off and drop in yard.Could it be a possum?

yates

11 September 2012 01:05 AM

Hi Michelle,

The damage could either be caused by white cockatoos or possums. Occasionally the citrus katydid which is similar to a grasshopper, can damage young fruit by gouging and removing sections of the fruit surface. Have you noticed any possum or rat droppings around the tree? In the meantime place some netting over the tree and hopefully this will deter the pest. Yates has a wonderful new product available - Yates Possum Repellent Spray helps protect your precious plants by deterring possums from browsing on sprayed plants.
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Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests