Codling Moth breeds almost primarily in stone fruit such as apples, pears, Nashi, quinces, crab apples, and in walnuts. It is a survival specialist in these species. Codling moth is a number one pest as it targets the fruit directly, and has the potential to damage a very large percentage your fruit. The Codling moth cycle begins overwinter as fully-grown larvae (caterpillar) in a cocoon under the bark. The adult moths will then begin to emerge in early to mid-October. Peak emergence is in early to mid-December. Adults mate, usually around the top of the trees so it is important to hang the trap on a central higher point of the tree. The female then will fly around laying single eggs in close proximity of fruit. A single mated female has the potential to damage 40-50 fruit, and eggs hatch 7-10 days later. The newly hatched larvae then have to locate a fruit, and it is at this stage where the caterpillar is most vulnerable to attack by pesticides. Once inside the fruit, the insect is safe and will burrow towards the pip cavity and consume the seeds. During this time fruit often drops from the tree. This gives a lower impression of the amount of Codling Moth fruit damage at harvest, so it is important to remove any fallen fruit. The larva usually exits the fruit by a separate hole and finds a site to cocoon.
The Coddling Moth Trap contains the following:
- One long-life Delta trap
- Three pheromone lures
- Three replacement sticky bases
Just open the trap and place the plug inside which will stick to the base. One per tree is recommended.
NO POISONS AND WILL NOT ATTRACT THE GOOD BUGS JUST THE ADULT MALE MOTHS ONCE THEY HAVE LEFT THEIR COCOON