The codling moth is a pests that affects apples, pears and other trees. It looks for fruit that is just beginning to ripen, and then bores a hole into the fruit in order to lay its eggs. The larvae that hatch from the eggs then burrow into the fruit, causing it to rot from the inside out.
In order to organically control codling moth populations, growers can use traps, sprays, or lures. Traps are placed in trees, and they use either a pheromone lure or an attractant to draw the moths into the trap, where they become stuck. Sprays are applied to the tree itself, and they work by either killing the moths outright or preventing them from being able to reproduce. Lures are also used in traps, but they can also be hung in trees. The scent of the lure attracts male codling moths, who then become confused and unable to find females to mate with. As a result, reproduction is prevented, and populations can be controlled.
We have many types of products for organic control of codling moths. See our companion guide for more information.
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