What can we do to rid the worms from our cherries?
We have recently moved to Idaho and we bought a home with a sweet cherry tree. The first year the cherries were wormy so we put landscape fabric under the tree and sprayed the tree and ground with a systemic product. This year there are still worms and many cherries have more than one worm. What can we do to rid the worms from our cherries?
Unfortunately, the Western Cherry Fruit Fly is a common pest in our region. At this point in the year, the flies have already done their damage, But the good news is that you can prevent or reduce the problem next year.
From our Pacific Northwest Pest Management Handbook, I offer the following suggestions:
The following products are labeled for use in cherries against this pest. The kaolin clay is an organic choice.
- kaolin clay (Surround at Home™)-Applied as a spray to leaves, stems, and fruit, it acts as a repellant to some insect pests..
Thank you for contacting University of Idaho Extension!