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Codling Moth

Description: Adult moth has 1/2" to 3/4" wingspan. Back part of tips of front wings have large chocolate-brown patches; remainder is covered with wavy, light grey and brown lines. Larvae are white/pink; grow to 3/4" long. The moths prefer apples, pears, crabapples, walnuts and peaches. Larvae bore straight into the center of the fruit to feed on the seeds. They keep the tunnel open by pushing brown excrement "pellets" out the entrance. Damage is usually extensive and can infest 100% of the fruit on a tree.


Solution: Use Oil-AwayTM Insecticidal Spray or Eco-OilTM Insecticidal Spray before buds open to kill eggs. Codling Moth Traps produce excellent results in areas of moderate to light infestation and are easy to use. Thorough coverage with Bt ssp. kurstaki will kill the larvae if they eat it before tunneling. Apply Bt frequently, beginning when fruit is as big as the end of your thumb. Trichogramma minutum, released at about the time the moths are laying their eggs, are widely used for codling moth control. (Order 3 shipments, shipped at 2 week intervals.)

 



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