Apple Maggot control: beneficial nematodes?

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by leafclimber, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. leafclimber

    leafclimber Member

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    Seattle, WA
    I was looking for an organic way to eradicate or at least minimize the presence of apple maggots in my apples and on the internet came across the idea of using beneficial nematodes. The specific species recomended for apple maggots was Steinernema feltiae, not Steinernema carpocapsae which is another species used for pest control. Do any of you have experience using beneficial nematodes to help manage/control apple maggot infestation? If so how effective have you found it to be? I realize that there is not an easy fix to the problem but I figure that combined with the use of traps, picking up falling fruit, etc. that if nematodes help I am willing to give it a try. Thanks!

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