[NAFEX] Codling Moth Control (Richard Moyer's)

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Sun Apr 6 10:18:23 EDT 2008


> I have worms in my apples, but how do I tell if they are coddling moth 
> worms?


I don't know, but I was told by my local extension service (still 
without a fruit specialist, unfortunately) that coddling moths are a 
problem in Nebraska, so I ordered a coddling moth pheromone kit from 
www.Gemplers.com (for $15.50). At least, I should be able to tell if I 
have that problem or not,... assuming I get fruit this year. (And I'm 
thinking you could probably make a trap easily enough with some 
tanglefoot, and just buy the pheromones from them - which would be much, 
much cheaper.)

So many places sell these things in huge quantities, and I'm just a 
backyard fruit grower. Likewise, I haven't been able to get the sprays 
that have been recommended for oriental fruit moths*, either. So much of 
this stuff is aimed at commercial growers (understandably).

[* My extension service says that they don't think that oriental fruit 
moths are a problem in Nebraska - again, there's no fruit specialist at 
the university - but I think they're wrong. So I bought an oriental 
fruit moth pheromone kit from Gemplers, too. We'll see.]

Incidentally, I've seen these big red sticky-balls designed to capture 
apple maggot moths (which might be the worms in your apples), but I 
worry that bees would be attracted to them. Won't bees get stuck on a 
red sticky-ball like this? Anyone know?

Bill
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

-- 
I do not believe in putting out the sun to keep weeds from growing. - 
Robert G. Ingersoll



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