Home Orchards: Table 4.8. Pesticide Recommendations for Pears

Informational table showing pesticide recommendations for pears. To avoid harming bees, do not use an insecticide in sprays applied during the bloom period.
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Due to a wide array of various products containing the same active ingredient, for insecticide recommendations, when appropriate the active ingredient is listed instead of the name of formulated product. Always consult the label before making pesticide applications. Labels vary greatly between commercial products of the same material. It is important to refer to the label for the best timing and application rates when applying pesticides. Also read the text for information on cultural practices to minimize the application of pesticides. CAUTION: Broad-spectrum insecticides (those with a large number of pests listed on the label) have significant potential to be harmful to non-target organisms such as bees and other beneficial or predatory insects.

Time to SpraySuggested MaterialsPests to be Controlled
Dormant to green tipOil plus
Scales, pear psylla, mites
Green cluster budEsfenvalerated plus
Oil or Surround
Pear psylla
PinkGPProduct mixa or
Esfenvalerate or
Leaf spot

Pear psylla
Just before blossoms openEsfenvalerate or
Pear psylla
Bloomb Two sprays needed:
(1) 20% of blossom open
(2) 7 days later
Streptomyces sulfate + SulfurFire blight
Petal fall

90-95% of petals fallenb
GPProduct mix or
Surround plus
Leaf and fruit spot, scab

Curculio, pear psylla
Esfenvalerate or Safer Soapc plusCodling moth, oriental fruit moth
Imidacloprid plusAphids, pear psylla
16 days after petal fallb
Same as Petal FallSame as above
Late June
16 days after mid-Juneb
Same as Petal FallSame as above
Early JulybSame as Petal FallSame as above
Late JulyGPProduct mix or
Esfenvalerate or
Safer Soapc plus Esfenvalerate or
Imidacloprid plus Surround
Same as above
Mid-AugustSulfurFruit rot, sooty mold


a. General purpose products may contain captan, which is not approved for pears.
b. Bloom sprays are not needed on Kieffer pears. Only spray for fire blight if this disease was a problem in the past. Break off fire-blighted shoots and branches as they occur during the growing season.
c. Safer Soap will probably russet fruit.
d. Multiple applications of Esfenvalerate can lead to severe outbreaks of phytophagous mites.