Banyan Trees

Banyon tree defoliation

Zone 33050 | Richard Bolton added on March 12, 2018 | Answered

We have a large Banyon tree in the Florida Keys that has been suddenly defoliated, completely by thousands of small white caterpillars. The tree did well after Irma. We have had an extended dry spell. Other nearby trees such as grape and mahogany are not affected. Will the tree now die? We have never seen this sort of infestation before.

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Answered on March 13, 2018

There are a few things that you can do to prevent, and rid them. This collection of articles will give you information on making your own pesticides, as well as other organic gardening tips:

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