Codling Moths are Driving Me Crazy!

by Linda
(Chicago, USA)

I have 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees in my backyard and I can't seem to control the insects (such as codling moths) from biting my fruits. I was wondering if a specialist there who can give me advice on how to care for my apple and pear trees from insects and tell me what products to buy. I did purchase the Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Spray Oil for the dormant stage, but I'm not sure how that's going to prevent the moths from laying their eggs on my fruits during the growing season. If I can have the email and/or phone number for someone who can help me, I would really appreciate it.

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Aug 24, 2011
Maggot barriers can help
by: Wei

I haven't tried that personally, but you can check it out from this website:

Do a google search for maggot barriers and locate a vendor.

I know they are not the best enviro-friendly method, but you can at least re-use the barriers for several years.

Apr 28, 2011
Use Cardboard
by: Anonymous

I have never had to try it myself, but I read in a magazine just a few days ago that if you have those particular insects in your trees, you can wrap a piece of corrugated cardboard around the trunk and wait. The moths will seek shelter and make their nests there so after a while, you can peel the cardboard away with the critters still on it and then burn it. I hope this helps.

Apr 09, 2011
by: Caroline

When you use those dangerous chemical spray "solutions" you poison the tree, the benefical insects, yourself and the earth
Alternative natural remedies such as a cloth or something with a sticky substance tied around the trunk prevent the moths climbing to the fruit
It is a good idea to try to use no products that can harm us or the environment.

The hens too are an excellent idea.

Apr 09, 2011
You NEED chooks
by: Peter


Strategy 1: If you have an excess of codling moths you have a deficiency of chickens. By cleaning up the fruit in autumn (fall) that will help also the moth lays eggs in the ground around the trees. The chooks also eat these as they make their way back up the tree trunk.

If you can't have chickens then:

Strategy 2: Tie greased paper to the tree trunk lightly enough to allow the grubs to crawl under the paper but tight enough to allow them to stick to the greased paper.

There is no reason for you to run both processes together.

Best wishes


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