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How can I prevent wormy apples?

Apple    Pennsylvania

This fall my apple trees produced lots of apples, and nearly every one came with a worm. I suspect these are apple maggot worms. Can I do anything either during the winter or early spring to prevent the adults from laying eggs on the apples? How else can I stop the worms?


Posted by: Jessica (1 point) Jessica
Posted: December 5, 2013




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There are a few thing you can try to protect your apples:

1. Bag the fruit to prevent the female insects from laying their eggs. You need to snip the corners off of the bags to let air into the fruit.

2. You can try coating the fruits in kaolin clay powder which is supposed to prevent the adult flies recognizing the fruit as a host. This should be applied before the flies become active and will need reapplied every week or so.

3. Hang yellow sticky traps in the trees to trap the flies or special spherical red traps - make your own by hanging wooden or rubber balls painted red and covered in a sticky substance (Vaseline?)

5. Make sure you clean up around the trees as soon as possible when fruit and leaves drop to the ground - this will reduce the number of larvae that make it into the soil to pupate and survive the winter

Apple maggot worms can be difficult to control and require persistence. I hope this gives you a few ideas to try next year



Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: December 5, 2013


Tanya in the Garden commented,
I'd avoid yellow sticky traps. On a local garden tour, the gardener said she stopped using them after a small bird got stuck to her trap. She was unable to rescue the bird, and since it was nesting season, the baby birds also died.
almost 6 years ago.



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If you have chickens, you can run them under the trees. They will turn up the ground and consume insects voraciously. Allowing them in can break the pest cycle.


Posted by: David Goodman (67 points) David Goodman
Posted: December 7, 2013


David Goodman commented,
Another thing that helps: plant a lot of other plants around the apples, particularly herbs and "stinky" things like perennial onions or leeks.
almost 6 years ago.



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You can apply a neem oil during winter time this will smother overwintering eggs. You should try to identify pest codling moth are huge problems with apples .


Posted by: Samuel Lathrop (2 points) Samuel Lathrop
Posted: April 6, 2014




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There are a number of companies that sell pheromone -bait sticky traps for codling moths (which have a worm stage). There are other sticky traps shaped like a red plastic apple with pheromones and glue for other types of moths . Early and careful application of an orchard oil can also prevent many outbreaks.


Posted by: Roger Gray (6 points) Roger Gray
Posted: May 25, 2014




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