Apple Maggot

Apple Maggot


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


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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