How to control codling moth
Codling moth is a pest that attacks fruit trees, particularly apples and pears. Here are several ways to control codling moth:
Monitor for infestation: Keep an eye out for signs of infestation, such as small holes in fruit, frass (insect droppings), and cocoons on the trunk or branches of the tree.
Use pheromone traps: These traps use the moths’ own pheromones to lure them in and trap them, reducing their population.
Use insecticides: If the infestation is severe, you can use insecticides to kill the moths. Be sure to use a product that is safe for use on fruit trees and follow the label instructions.
Use cultural controls: Remove and destroy any fallen fruit to reduce the number of places for the moths to lay their eggs. Also, remove any infested fruit from the tree as soon as you notice it.
Use biological controls: Parasitic wasps and nematodes can be used to control codling moth populations.
Timing is important: Apply insecticides at the right time of the year, usually when the larvae are young and most susceptible to the treatment.
It’s important to take action as soon as you notice a problem to avoid the spread of infestation and minimise damage to your fruit tree. Also, it is recommended to consult with the local extension office for the best practices and treatments specific to your region.