Give apple maggots the one-two punch with our Ladd Apple Maggot Fly Trap & Lure! Hang the trap with lure early in the season to attract the adult flies.
Give apple maggots the one-two punch with our Ladd Apple Maggot Fly Trap & Lure! Hang the trap with lure early in the season to attract the adult flies.The unique trap combines a traditional red sphere with a yellow, rectangular (8" x 11") trap to provide a much larger surface area for the catch. In field tests, the Ladd Trap & Lure caught more than four times as many adult maggot flies on average as typical red sticky spheres baited with a lure. To use, coat both the red sphere and yellow rectangle with Tangle-Trap (sold separately), then apply the lure to the sticky yellow surface. After petal fall, hang one trap with lure on each dwarf or semi-dwarf apple, pear or plum tree; six traps with lures on each standard tree. Replace lures every 3-4 weeks. Reuse traps year after year.
|The apple maggot fly is about l/4-3/8 inches long. It has a black abdomen. Females have four white bands on the abdomen. The smaller males have three bands. The wings are clear but are marked with black bands.||Female apple maggot flies deposit eggs singly just below the skin of an apple or other host fruit, leaving a small but visible puncture in the fruit which can lead to "dimpling."||The tiny cream-colored larvae (maggots) feed in the fruit. Maggots are about 3/8 inches long. The damage they cause resembles a series of brownish, irregular tunnels called railroading.|
You can use a sticky red sphere trap as a way of monitoring apple maggot presence in your orchard, so that you can spray an insecticide at the right time to control the flies. In a small planting, you should hang one trap at eye level on the outside of the tree canopy, facing any wooded area nearby, or facing south. Many other insects will also get stuck, some of them small flies with similar wing markings, so learning to positively identify the apple maggot fly is very important.
But the real fear was that they represented an expansion in the range of the invasive apple maggot fly, known to biologists as Rhagoletis pomonella. If so, then this would trigger a costly quarantine process affecting three counties in the state.