Codling moth — How to keep the worms away organically

Hi, I’m Tricia, a California organic gardener I love it when I find worms in my
organic soil but I hate finding worms in my apples and pears So today I’m going to share some tips on
controlling one of the worst culprits when it comes to wormy fruit, the coddling moth The first step to prevent coddling moths is
orchard sanitation Last fall, I was really careful and very
conscientious to pick up all dead fruit that was left
on the tree I cleaned up all around the base of the
tree I picked up all dead fruits and cleaned up all the leaves raked really well I don’t want to give any place for the coddling moth larva to hide All throughout the season were going to inspect and monitor our trees and make sure that
there’s no fruit on the tree that has any little worm holes if so pick it off and destroy it Also want to keep the area underneath
the tree clean if any fruit has dropped off make sure and pick it up and clean it
off and destroy it as well In areas with low concentrations of coddling
moths orchard sanitation and mass trappings
may be all that you need This is a cardboard trap with a sticky
bottom inside I’ll place a lure with a sex pheromone to attract and trap coddling moth males which will reduce the number
of eggs laid by the females I’m going to hang this trap in my pear tree You want to have about one to two traps in small trees and two to four for larger trees You want to hang the trap as high in the tree as you can I’m going to take this trap down so I can show you how to maintain it About every one or two weeks you want to take the traps down and maintain them clean ’em off make sure there’s no little coddling moths on them and take a popsicle stick and just rough up the sticky substance and that will increase the life of your trap. In areas of high
populations of coddling moths orchard sanitation and mass trappings
may not be enough It’s time to pull out the big guns pantyhose! Also known as apple maggot barriers for best results these barriers should
be put on fruit that is less than one inch in diameter but to show you how they go on I’m going to use a ripe apple slide the barrier over the apple and close These can cut coddling moth damage by as
much as eighty percent This Cyd-X insecticidal virus is
another option which is organic and OMRI listed This naturally occurring virus attacks
the larva of the coddling moth and you can get it in a home gardening size or commercial size This is best sprayed when the coddling moth
eggs are hatching contact your local agricultural
extension office for the exact timing in your area If you have a really big pear and apple orchard like maybe a hundred trees or so you could use a confusion pheromone lure
like this Isomate-CTT or a crop protectant like this Surround which is made from kaolin clay thats the same active ingredient as Kaopectate Both of these products may require a license
to apply so be sure and call your county ag department So enjoy the worms in your soil and keep
the worms out of your organic apples Thanks for joining and Grow Organic for Life!

18 thoughts on “Codling moth — How to keep the worms away organically

  1. I the old days apple growers would wrap the trunk with a 12" strip of cardboard in the fall.
    Codling moth larva overwinter in the corrugation, cardboard was removed in the spring and burned.

  2. Very nice. I was told that taking some of the 'sawdust' at the blossom end of infected apples and spreading it on the blossom end of healthy apples would keep female moths from laying an egg on that fruit. It seemed to work but was a lot of effort. Unfortunately, we lost nearly all our apple trees to fire blight years ago.

  3. I have noticed that my newly producing apple tree had worm holes and they dropped super fast after noticing the holes. However, I notice now that there are what looks like the codling moth, spinning a web all around my branches and killing the leaves. What do I do. Is this the codling moth still? I want it to be organic but now they are in my actual tree with a home. 

  4. Thanks! I have worms in my apples for the first time in 18 years. I really appreciate the organic solutions you covered AND the scale of which you are trying to deal with. ie. nylon footies over each fruit is not practical with hundreds of fruit or large trees…. Go organic!!

  5. how many of those traps per tree? I have 2 cherry trees that are 15 years old right next to each other.

  6. I have a 4 year old Fuji apple tree with 5 apples on it and the apples have on the skin large brown spots but no worms.  What is the cause of this.

  7. I think these worms are uneducated…i tried and tell em that….but tgey never listened to me….so next season your tips ll teach em a lesson.

  8. 1st time ever having Codling moth on my plum trees. The trees are loaded. Every ripe plum has a maggot. I WAS going to make plum jam but now???. If that was all I had to do, I would cut the plums in half and use the good half but I also have quail, chickens, garden , peach and pecan trees to deal with, oh yeah and flower beds and plants hanging on the fence. Pretty busy here. I am organic in my garden and usually on the whole property but for the plum trees at this late state I might just use chemical.

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