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Codling Moth Deterent

keith.w.burgesskeith.w.burgess North WestPosts: 19
Last year my Braeburn apple crop was badly infected by the Codling Moth inserting its' grub into a lot of apples. Can anyone help and advise how to deter these moths and when is the best time to do it. The tree is just coming in to blossom.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,870
    Hello Keith. Try not to spray the blossom as you may kill useful pollinators. There is a moth trap you can get that attracts the male codling moth using something that resembles the female pheremone. They fly in and get stuck but you have to be careful not to catch any little birds. Less males to mate with the females means less eggs to hatch into the grubs. Here is some information to assist you.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,867
    As well as the pheromone traps, if you hang a fat ball in the trees, it attracts tits, who pick off insects while they wait their turn.
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  • keith.w.burgesskeith.w.burgess North WestPosts: 19
    Thank you Ladybird4 and Fidgetbones for your replies, I think the pheromone traps appear to be a better deterrent than sprays etc. Once again thank you 
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