TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - An unseasonably warm start to January is starting to affect trees.
If you look on your fruit trees, you may notice some buds starting to swell. Insects are even beginning to come out of hibernation and scales begin to develop. This can cause damage on trees.
"The dormant oil spray is what you would use this time of year and through until you get the first flush of growth. You can be using those dormant oils and that's going to suffocate a lot of the eggs and a lot of the creepers — these immature stages of the insect before they start building those scales," said Tony McCammon, horticulture specialist of Bloom Horticulture. "As we get into the spring, if you still have some problems with scale, that's when you might bring in things that are more of a systemic that are moving through the tree that can have an effect on the bugs."
When cooler temperatures return, the process of budding will slow down.
McCammon also added that this time of year would be a good time to prune your trees before leaves develop on the branches.