Problem with Bramley apples

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Bridin Mac Giolla Ruaidh asked 10 years ago

Fruit from tree this year has small hole in it and inside is rotten. Don’t think its an earwig, any ideas what it could be? I’ve attached a photo if it helps.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
That is damage caused by a larva of the codling moth. The female lays eggs around flowering time and these tunnel into the developing fruit and feed to full-size and emerge to pupate under loose bark.

Destroying fallen damaged apples, and using bands of sacking to trap the pest in the cocoons, and destroying them, helps to reduce numbers but control will not be good because the adults fly in from neighbouring gardens

If the tree is not too big, it can be treated by spraying with a garden insecticide just aafter flowering and again two weeks later.