Apple maggots are the larvae of flies that lay their eggs in the fruit of apple trees. When these larvae hatch, they begin to feed on the flesh of the apple, leaving a small hole. Apple maggot damage can easily be confused with hail damage, which also leaves small holes in apples.
Apple maggot is a serious problem for apple growers. It can ruin an entire harvest, and it’s highly contagious. There are several ways to protect your harvest from this pest, including treating the soil, spraying before and after flowering, baiting with traps and sprays, or using other methods. These insecticides work well for apple maggot control:
Apple Maggot Insecticide is a granular insecticide that can be used to control apple maggot and other pests in apples and apple trees. This product is for use on apples, pears, and stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries. It can also be used on apples that have been stored in storage bins or on fruit trees to control insects that may become a problem during storage. This product is effective against the apple maggot, European red mite, codling moth larvae (caterpillars), and leafrollers. It can also be used to control flea beetles, plant bugs (aphid-like insects), scale insects, webworms (caterpillars), grasshoppers, flies (biting), hornworms (caterpillars), tent caterpillars (caterpillars), stink bugs, and others.
Ortho MAX Malathion Insect Spray Concentrate
A ready-to-use spray, Ortho MAX Malathion Insect Spray Concentrate is a malathion insecticide. The concentrate is diluted with water and used to kill pests on plants, trees and shrubs. You can apply it directly to the leaves of your apple tree if you notice a lot of apple maggots feeding on the leaves or around the crown of your tree.
Spectracide Immunox Multi-Purpose Fungicide Spray
- What is it?
Spectracide Immunex Multi-Purpose Fungicide Spray is a pesticide that contains bifenthrin and permethrin, which are both insecticides. It’s used to control pests on plants and fruits, including apples. This product can also be used as a pre-bloom spray to prevent apple maggots from attacking new apple trees. It’s non-staining and can be used indoors or outdoors on plants such as honeysuckle, azalea, rhododendron, rose shrubs, or perennials. The active ingredient in this product has been labeled safe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, you should still take precautions when using it around children and pets because it may irritate the eyes or skin if mishandled or accidentally ingested. Avoid direct contact with this product unless you’ve read all instructions carefully and know how long it lasts after application, in other words: don’t just spray yourself randomly.
Safer Brand 5102-6 Insect Killing Soap
Safer Brand 5102-6 Insect Killing Soap is a great option because it’s safe to use around kids, pets, and food. It’s also safe to use around plants, your house, yard, the garden, or farm. It kills insects by dehydrating them (in other words: it removes their water). This soap leaves no chemical residue behind so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals lingering in your house or yard after application.
Safer Brand products are made from natural ingredients that are safe for humans and animals alike (they’re even approved by the USDA), which makes them ideal for controlling pests on your property without exposing yourself or others around you to harsh chemicals.
advanced 701525A Miticide Pesticide Fungicide 3-in-1 Insect Disease Mite Control, 32 oz, Ready-to-Spray
This product contains Spinosad and is safe for plants. It can be used on fruit trees and vegetables as well as ornamentals, but it should not be sold in Connecticut, New York, or Alaska. It is also not recommended for use on roses or shrubs due to their thin leaves that may not protect the product from rainwater or dew.
Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew Ready to Spray 32oz – Spinosad Concentrate RTS (Not for Sale to: CT, NY, AK)
Spinosad is a naturally occurring insecticide derived from the fermentation of a specific soil-dwelling actinomycete, Saccharopolyspora Spinosa. Spinosad was registered for use in organic production by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1998 and is currently approved for use as a pesticide on more than 70 different crops, including apples and pears.
Spinosad targets receptors found only in invertebrates, thereby limiting its toxicity to humans, animals, and plants. It has low acute oral toxicity to birds and mammals; however, long-term exposure could lead to mild neurotoxicity in some species (e.g., rats). When sprayed directly onto bees it can cause paralysis but does not kill them because they groom off any residue that remains on their bodies after treatment applications have ended (see EPA’s registry). In addition, spinosad has been shown to have no adverse effects on earthworms when applied at normal rates or by foliar drenching with an oil formulation containing 1% spinosad + 0.1% oil concentrate (Neonicotinoid Insecticides: A Review Of Their Impact On Bees And Other Beneficial Organisms).
Safer Brand 5118-6 End ALL Insect Killer 32oz Ready to Use Hose End Sprayer
Before you begin spraying, dilute 4 ounces of End ALL with 1 gallon of water in a bucket.
Use the mixture immediately or store in a cool place for up to 24 hours after mixing.
Wash apples right away if they have been sprayed; otherwise, wait at least one day and wash them before eating them. Apples can be washed with soap and water and then rinsed thoroughly, or run through a dishwasher on the hot cycle (without detergent) before storing them in airtight containers lined with paper towels to absorb excess moisture that may cause mold growth.
Monterey LG6150 Garden Insect Spray, Insecticide & Pesticide with Spinosad Concentrate 16 oz.
Monterey LG6150 Garden Insect Spray, Insecticide & Pesticide with Spinosad Concentrate 16 oz
You cannot use this product on plants that are in flower or fruit. You can apply it to the soil around the plants rather than spraying directly on them. Keep children and pets off the treated area for 24 hours after application.
Bonide (BND857) – Pyrethrin Garden Insect Spray Mix, Outdoor Insecticide/Pesticide Concentrate (8 oz.)
This insecticide works on aphids, whitefly, mealybug and spider mites. It also kills thrips.
Pyrethrin is a contact insecticide that is effective on a broad spectrum of pests. The active ingredient pyrethrins work by disrupting the nervous system of insects that have a central nervous system. Pyrethrins are made from the dried flower heads of Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium or Tanacetum cinerariifolium plants which are native to Asia and Australia. This product does not leave a residue so it can be used safely around vegetables as well as flowers, shrubs, and trees in your yard or garden.
These are the best insecticides for apple maggot. You should pick the one that works best for you.
The best insecticides for apple maggots are those that can be used in the early spring when adult flies are emerging from their winter hibernation. Once the flies have emerged and mate, they lay eggs on the base of apple trees. These eggs hatch into larvae which will begin tunneling through your tree’s bark and stem to feed on its vascular tissue and sap flow. This damage causes fruit to drop before it ripens, decreases overall yield size, and weakens branches so much that they may break off during strong winds or heavy rainfalls.
While many insecticides are effective at killing adult flies after they’ve emerged from their winter dormancy (usually around early April), it is important not to use more than one kind at a time because doing so could cause resistant populations of flies to develop over time. To avoid this issue entirely you should apply several kinds of insecticide simultaneously; however, if you don’t want multiple applications throughout the season then try using pyrethroid (a type of synthetic insecticide) or carbaryl instead because these chemicals only need one application per season
In conclusion, I think that the best insecticide for apple maggot is Ortho MAX Malathion Insect Spray Concentrate. It kills on contact and leaves no lingering odor.