Na­tive pest does not fall far from the tree

Stanstead Journal - - CLASSIFIEDS -

(NC) The ap­ple mag­got, which is a fly na­tive to North Amer­ica, has been a se­ri­ous pest in Canada for over 100 years. It was iden­ti­fied in Ed­mon­ton in 2005 and has since in­fected most of the city’s ap­ple trees.

Fe­male ap­ple mag­gots de­posit eggs un­der the ap­ple skin. Lar­vae feed on it, caus­ing the fruit to rot in­ter­nally. Once one ap­ple is in­fected, sur­round­ing trees be­come vul­ner­a­ble as well.

Ap­ple grow­ers have dis­cov­ered that they are able to pro­tect their or­chards and elim­i­nate the pest by spray­ing their trees with in­sec­ti­cides. If left unchecked, this pest would have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on Canada’s ap­ple in­dus­try – which pro­duces 22 mil­lion bushels of this popular fruit ev­ery year.

Grow­ers say they are pleased to have ac­cess to crop pro­tec­tion prod­ucts that keep the bounty free from dis­ease, bac­te­ria and in­sects. With­out th­ese tools, Cana­di­ans would cer­tainly miss the nu­tri­tion of their ‘ap­ple a day’

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