[NAFEX] Coddling moth control

John Bunker jbunker at gwi.net
Wed Sep 10 07:21:36 EDT 2003


Beginning at what date and for how long do you tie your cardboard strips
around the apple tree trunks?

Here's a low-tech trick we tried this year:  Instead of attempting to clean
the tanglefoot off our red-ball traps, we bought apples at the grocery store
and smeared the tanglefoot on them.  Then composted the apples when they got
too gross.  Finally a good use for those Macs and Reds that have been
sitting in CA storage all winter.


John Bunker
Palermo Maine

on 9/9/03 4:43 PM, Moyer, Richard at ramoyer at king.edu wrote:

> Mark Lee wrote:
> How do people control codling moth?
> Mark,
> These methods may apply to you, and have worked well for us.  We only have a
> dozen apple trees on our two acres, and for better or worse, the trees are
> in the kids play area.  Hence our hesitancy for certain control methods.
> These labor intensive methods are not applicable to most orchards, and they
> greatly lessen, but not eliminate damage.  They are mostly done by our kids,
> who enjoy climbing the M111 trees.
> Goal: break the life cycle of coddling moth at each stage possible.
> 1)  Apple cider vinegar/molasses traps:  These catch adults as they fly into
> the orchard in June.  Coddling are the primary moth we catch in these though
> occasional butterflies get in, too.
> 2) Cardboard bands around each tree.  Catches worm crawling down trunks to
> pupate.  We separate thicker cardboard into two halves, then tie 4 inch
> bands, corrugated side against the trunk of each tree.  Check weekly and 0-6
> coddling moths can be destroyed as worms or pupae.  Kids used to smash them
> with tricycle, now we let the chickens pick them off the crevices in the
> cardboard.
> 3)  All drops picked up every day or two, disposed of off-site to prevent
> new generations.
> 4) When thinning fruit or whenever in orchard, remove all with coddling
> moths and dispose off-site.
> We have not eliminated coddling moth, as suburban neighbors in multiple
> directions have trees untreated for coddling moth.  But we have reduced the
> incidence of coddling moth (and apple maggot thru sticky balls) such that
> most apples (many bushels) are free from both.
> Richard Moyer
> Zone 6, East Tenn
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