Maggoty apples in late summer may be caused by codling moth
– a small white caterpillar.
Coping with codling moth
THERE'S nothing worse than proudly plucking an apple or pear off your own tree, then tucking into it to find a maggot.
As larvae, codling moths
are major pests of apples, pears, and walnuts.
Off-white maggots with brown heads inside the apples - they are likely to be the caterpillars of the codling moth
The codling moth
is more prevalent in commercial orchards, however, not unheard of in the backyard orchard.
Hang pheromone traps in apple trees from early May to trap amorous male codling moths
The extension service recently put out pheromone traps in the River Road and Springfield areas to check for codling moths
, which infest apples, pears and walnuts.
PUT pheromone traps (available from garden centres) in apple and pear trees to prevent codling moths
ruining the fruit.
IF your crop of apples has been spoiled by maggots, the prime suspects at this time of year are codling moths
, small moths with brownish-grey wings with a darker tip.
On a completely different tack, now is the time to put up pheromone traps for codling moths
CheckMate CM uses a patented controlled release delivery system to release codlemone, a pheromone which disrupts mating in codling moths
Esfenvalerate alone proved best for preventing fruit injury and reducing (by 95 percent) egg laying by female codling moths
Similar symptoms are caused by codling moths
, but these attack later in the season.
PROTECT your apple and pear trees from damage by codling moths
The bags protect developing fruit from codling moths
(the source of worms), apple maggots, sunburn, russeting, and scratching from nearby twigs.