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Trapping Orchard Pests

A red ball trap made from a store-bought apple, used to trap apple maggot flies.

A red ball trap made from a store-bought apple, used to trap apple maggot flies.

August 11, 2016

Traps can provide helpful information about pests in your orchard ecosystem. Traps are also useful in young plantings that have yet to fruit or are in their first years of fruit bearing but have not yet reached marketable yields. Collecting and retaining this information will highlight trends in your orchard system and help establish methods of pest control before populations escalate. Read about traps for codling moths and apple maggots in C. J. Walke's article in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, "Trapping Orchard Pests," so that you can plan to use these traps next year.

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