Maggots in butternuts -- what to do?

Asked September 24, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

My friend brought me 4 big buckets of butternuts from western PA. I just discovered they have what I am assuming are husk maggots in them. From my reading that doesn't seem too big a problem but I want to know if these are found in Maryland. I'd hate to be the cause of some new invasive species and will take appropriate actions if you tell me what to do.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

There is no butternut husk maggot on Maryland's invasive species list. However, there are many nut maggots already in Maryland. We'd recommend that you simply freeze the nuts to kill the maggots. Or, you could put the nuts in sturdy black plastic garbage bags and leave them out in the sun to cook (this works better in the summer) and then send them to the dump.