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Apple maggots destroyed t... #219575

Asked November 06, 2014, 1:01 AM EST

Apple maggots destroyed the apples in my orchard and surrounding area this last season. I prefer to stay organic so I use no chemicals. Today, on the front cover of "Fruit Growers News" magazine was a picture of a man holding a apple tree limb in full bloom. The end of the branch with it's blooms was covered by what looked to be some kind of bag (not plastic) that looked like some kind of fabric material or porous paper. Do you know what that was. The U.M. research scientist's name was David Bedford. I want to know if these could be used to protect my apples from Apple Maggot and/or Coddling moth. If so, where can I obtain them. I've tried the nylon socks and the A. Maggot drills through it. I hope you can help me. I'm about to give up and take out all my 1980's trees.

Cowlitz County Washington

Expert Response

I do not know what the material is but you could contact David Bedford to find out - http://www.horticulture.umn.edu/Who_sWho/Staff/index.htm  He might know if it would deter apple maggot.

The Home Orchard Society in Portland has some information on using footies in combination with kaolin clay for prevention of apple maggot - http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/growfruit/apples/footie-update-improving-coddling-moth-protection/.  I have no direct experience with that so I do not know how effective it really is, but it seems like it's probably worth trying before taking out your trees. 
Steve Castagnoli Replied November 10, 2014, 9:05 PM EST
Thank you for your help.  I have used the Footies.  I have a picture of an Apple Maggot larva drilling right through the sock once the apple was ripe. I was so disappointed.  
The Question Asker Replied November 10, 2014, 10:24 PM EST
If you have not tried those in combination with Surround you might give that a try. Although the reports are mixed, many have good results. One other consideration is timing. Make sure you cover the fruit before egg laying begins. If you need help with timing let me know

Steve Castagnoli Replied November 15, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

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