Cherry Tree Fruit Fly - Knowledgebase Question

West Chester, PA
Question by rwejr
March 6, 1999
Is there any way to kill the cherry tree fruit fly larve in the ground before they hatch and become adult fruit flies that attack the fruit, causing it to shrivel and rot and drop off prematurely?

Answer from NGA
March 6, 1999


One of the best ways to begin to control this pest is to remove infested wild trees in the immediate area and maintain excellent sanitation (remove all infected plant debris) around your cherry trees. Chemical control requires correct spray timing and more than one application to stop the adults as they emerge in the spring. Your local County Extension (696-3500) should be able to provide you with additional suggested control measures including the appropriate spray routine for your local area; note too that this will change from year to year depending on the weather.

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