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Default Codling moth on old apple tree

We have (due to a leaning tree and a minor fence realignment) inherited a
very old apple tree from next door.

All the fruit are infested with codling moth.

I have read about pheromone traps then spraying (which would have to be
agreed with next door) but wonder how effective this would be with a
heavily infested old tree.

Cleaning and tidying everything which could hide a moth larva over the
winter does not look to be an easy option, especially next door with loads
of trees and shrubs.

Has anyone fought the moth and won?


Cheers


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On 17/02/2017 14:37, David wrote:
We have (due to a leaning tree and a minor fence realignment) inherited a
very old apple tree from next door.

All the fruit are infested with codling moth.

I have read about pheromone traps then spraying (which would have to be
agreed with next door) but wonder how effective this would be with a
heavily infested old tree.


The only way to find out is to give it a try. We have some codling moth
on ours but not enough to actually bother spraying.

You just have to remember when eating them that the only thing worse
than a maggot in your apple is a half a maggot in your apple.

Cleaning and tidying everything which could hide a moth larva over the
winter does not look to be an easy option, especially next door with loads
of trees and shrubs.

Has anyone fought the moth and won?


Tidying up the leaf litter will help if you can. On a big old tree I
don't think you can ever win - there are too many nooks and crannies.
But you can perhaps get it down to an acceptable level of losses.

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Default Codling moth on old apple tree

On 17/02/2017 14:37, David wrote:
We have (due to a leaning tree and a minor fence realignment) inherited a
very old apple tree from next door.

All the fruit are infested with codling moth.

I have read about pheromone traps then spraying (which would have to be
agreed with next door) but wonder how effective this would be with a
heavily infested old tree.

Cleaning and tidying everything which could hide a moth larva over the
winter does not look to be an easy option, especially next door with loads
of trees and shrubs.

Has anyone fought the moth and won?


Cheers


Dave R


Yes the traps cleared it in a season without spraying (we used more than
the recommend amount of traps) you have to keep doing it we replace the
traps at least twice per season.

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