I am growing peaches but they have worms in them. How do I keep the worms out?

Asked June 29, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

I am growing peaches but they have worms in them. How do I keep the worms out?

Athens County Ohio

1 Response

These worms are part of the life cycle of a beetle by the name of Plum curculio. Laying their eggs inside the skin of plums, peaches, apples, pears and other stone fruits, folding a flap of skin over the eggs. Once hatched the larvae eats its way to the center of the fruit.

Control by spraying with an insecticide during the late stages of the flower bloom, when the pedals begin to fall off through the shuck split.

I've pasted a link below for the fact sheet "Plum Curculio And Its Control" from OSU Extension office along with a picture of Plum curculio...

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2043.html

Thank you for submitting your question to "Ask an Expert" and good luck with your peaches!