What's eating my apples?

rickardo(5 Denver suburb)September 21, 2010

I have some sort of insect boring into my apples & bell peppers. I have heard apples need to be sprayed at a certain time of the year. Anyone have info on apple & pepper pests?

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I don't think they are the same pests. You probably have apple magots and they don't attack peppers.

Apple maggots are laid by a small fly. The best time to catch them is before they puncture the apple and lay their eggs. Once the maggot is in the apple it is too late to do anything. The fly tends to go for the biggest red apple. In mid summer hanging a red ball coated with a sticky substance like tanglefoot will not only kill the fly but tell you just how much of an infestation you have. Yellow sticky cards may help too in conjunction with the red ball.

Spraying with dormant oil in spring when the tree is still dormant will get rid of any overwintering bugs.

Also cleaning up and disposing of any damaged or fallen fruit will help get rid of the creatures. Don't compost them or you are just providing a place for them to live on--throw them in the garbage.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2010 at 4:56PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Or your apples may have codling moth.

To differentiate from apple maggot, please describe the pattern of boring.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2010 at 6:08PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

Or post a picture of an apple cut in half.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2010 at 10:48PM
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rickardo(5 Denver suburb)

I don't know how to post a photo, but when I cut the apple in half it had an earwig living in the seed chamber.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2010 at 12:17PM
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