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How to prevent worms from taking ALL my apples?

Marin, CA(Zone 9b)

Howdy,

Anybody know how I can keep the worms out of my premature apples? I don't want to use any chemicals, so I'll probably will have to eat worm apples...

Thanks, Christie

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Marin, CA(Zone 9b)

Anybody? They are eating at the speed of light!!

Christie

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Shenandoah Valley, VA(Zone 6b)

There are organic solutions for this, though it might be too late this year. See the pest control solution chart at http://www.groworganic.com, or speak with the folks at http://www.treesofantiquity.com/ or http://www.ediblelandscaping.com/ Both of those companies grow fruit trees organically. I don't know what kind of worms they are (apple maggots? I believe there are good lures/traps for these), so I don't know what to tell you exactly, but they should have good details on their sites.

Oh, another organic apple growing site: http://www.herbsandapples.com/orchard/ This guy has a book about growing apples organically; maybe you could find it at a local library. Good luck to you.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I haven't had apple trees in years but I recall making a coddling moth lure out of milk containers, mixing molasses and apple cider vinegar with water. It worked well to lure the moths and they drowned instead of laying eggs on the apples. We got plenty of apples. The worms are apparently the larvae of the coddling moth.

Marin, CA(Zone 9b)

wow, that sounds easy enough, I'll try it tomorrow!!!

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I did a search and found this link with info.
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7412.html
Apparently they sell traps that work well. But this has the instructions I used. It was easy except that I just had to remember to check them often to redo.

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