Codling Moths: How to Safely Control This Fruit Tree Pest

How a California scientist and an apple farmer combine efforts to organically control codling moths.



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Dr. Louis A. Falcon, professor of entomology at Berkeley and chief developer of the codling moth virus spray, stands beside a ready-for-action sprayer at Molly Breen's orchard.
PHOTO: GEETA DARDICK
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Believe it or not, this healthy-looking tree used to lose about 60% of its apples to codling moth damage. But now, thanks to the codling moth granulosis virus, its apples are virtually worm-free!
PHOTO: GEETA DARDICK
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Pheromone traps were one of the important tools used at Pike Mountain Orchard to monitor the codling moth population.
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