Small Beetles in Figs

jtwgJuly 11, 2013

I live in the Houston area. Several years ago, we purchased and planted a Celeste fig, which is supposed to have a closed eye. Well, there IS a very small eye on the fruit. It's just big enough for what appear to be dried fruit beetles to get into the fruit. They're in every one we pick. How can I get rid of them?

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frozenjoe(9 Arizona)

I've been having problems with dried fruit beetles attacking my figs too. I never saw them before this year, now they are in a lot of the figs. They sour some of the figs. They can squeeze through a small eye. On some of the soft ripe figs they even bore through the skin. What's the best way to get rid of them? Is there an organic option?


    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 1:07PM
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I am by no means an expert, but just came across this information from Four Winds Growers who know a lot about fruit trees:
"For best quality, allow figs to ripen on the tree, and pick as they ripen. Ripe
fruit left on the tree will be vulnerable to dried fruit beetle predation and
spoilage. On-the-tree spoilage or souring is caused by microorganisms in the
fully ripe fruit. These organisms are usually carried into the open eye of the
fig by insects, particularly the dried fruit beetle. Frequent harvest and the
removal of overripe, spoiled figs can greatly reduce spoilage problems."
Here's their website:

I hope this helps!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 2:48PM
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