I have several fruit trees but my apple and pear trees are always infested with worms, to the point that the fruit is completely unusable. Is there anything natural/ safe I can use?
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5/21/09 at 11:25am
Bags can help. It's also really important to clean up any fallen fruit and leaf litter right away. It can help break the life cycle. From what I understand, the moth lays eggs in the fruit which hatch into worms. When the fruit fall onto the ground, the worms burrow into the soil where they pupate over the winter. Then they emerge as adults in the spring to lay eggs on the fruit again. So if you can get the fruit off the ground and dispose of it quickly, you will end up with less adults laying eggs next spring. Most of the moths infecting your fruit will come from the soil under your tree.
Where you are in the cycle is going to depend on what zone you are in. If you are early enough, you can try bagging the fruit to prevent worms this year but if the fruit is already starting to form, you might be to late. If that's the case, I would pick all the fruit and dispose of it now to break the cycle.