Country Lore: Worm-free Apples

Cover apples with nylon “footies” to protect them from worm damage.
By Ted Swensen
April/May 2007
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Apples are very prone to damage by worms unless they are sprayed throughout the season, but some growers avoid spraying by tying a small paper bag over each apple. We have found that nylon “footies” (used by shoe stores when barefoot customers are trying on shoes) are just as effective as paper bags, but much easier to apply.

We are getting 100 percent protection from apple maggots and 98 percent against coddling moths. (We do not have plum curculio, another apple pest, but I would welcome reports from growers in the eastern U.S. regarding how footies prevent curculio damage.)

Apply the footie within 40 days of petal fall, by sliding the footie over your little finger and bunching the nylon so that at least half the length of the footie slides up the fruit. Make sure the top of the nylon covers the stem. It is not necessary to tie the footie to the branch. You can order a box of 144 footies for $4.95, plus shipping, from store.storesupply.com, search for item number 64106.

Ted Swensen
President, Home Orchard Society
Portland, Oregon
tlswensen@earthlink.net







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ciotog
5/28/2013 4:24:13 PM

 

The storesupply link isn't working, but this seems to do the job:

https://www.storesupply.com/search.aspx?query=64106

I'm going to try a few of those little garlic sleeves you get with a 5 pack









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