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.)