Apple Maggot

Description: Adult apple maggot is a fly, slightly smaller than a common housefly. Apple maggots overwinter as pupae in the top 2-3" of soil. The adult flies emerge from early June to early September. Adult females do not lay eggs for the first 8-10 days after they emerge. Then they wander over apples, crabapples, plums and other crops, inserting eggs into fruit. White and yellow larvae, 1/4" to 3/8" long, hatch under the skin and tunnel all over. Apple maggot damage is almost impossible to cut out.

Solution: Dispose of fallen, maggot-infested fruit immediately. Use Ladd Apple Maggot Fly Trap with lure for mass trapping - 1 trap per dwarf, 6 traps per full-size tree. Use Surround At Home early in the spring (green bud stage). Continue spraying every 7-14 days during the growing season; increase interval to 14-21 days as plant growth slows. Reapply after heavy rains.


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