You don't have to share your apples with worms any more! Last year the Seattle Tree Fruit Society members started using "Maggot Barriers" on their apples, pears, and asian pears. We found that they were nearly 100% effective against apple maggots and 80% effective against coddling moths! Maggot Barriers are nylon socks that are slipped on fruit when they are approx. quarter size. That's around the time that apple maggot flies emerge and lay their eggs on the fruit. When the fly lands on the covered fruit, it either can't get through the nylon to lay its eggs or it doesn't recognize the feel of the nylon and goes else where. The coddling moth larvae overwinter in the bark, then works it way up the tree and into the fruit through the blossom end. We have found that many can enter the Maggot Barrier by chewing a small hole in the nylon, but apparently has trouble manuvering under the nylon and the majority just give up. The barriers are similar to Japanese apple bags, but since they are nylon, they don't have to be removed until the fruit is ready to pick - sunlight, air and water pass right through. Maggot Barriers cost $20 US for a bag of 300 and can be purchased by sending an email to the president of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society.