coddling moth

Discussion in 'Fruit and Nut Trees' started by dnumerow, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. dnumerow

    dnumerow Member

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    Richmond BC
    Hi all,

    I have 3 apple trees that were decimated by this moth last year. I'm looking for revenge.
    1. what is the best way to control them, preferable organically.
    2. Where would I source a biological predator like wasps in the lower mainland? I've emailed NIC but I didn't get an answer.

  2. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Burnaby, Canada
    I don't know about biological predators of codling moths, but there are a couple of organic control methods that I've read about but haven't tried. One is to apply a spray of kaolin clay to the fruit; this has the disadvantage of needing to be repeated after every rain event. Another method is to cover the apples with an expandible fine mesh bag, obviously rather labour-intensive. Consider yourself lucky if you only have codling moths. I have both codling moths and apple maggots attacking my apples; the latter is a more serious enemy that is hard to control even with chemical sprays available to the general public.

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