Honeycrisp bug problems

Asked September 17, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT

The bugs, ranging from ants to wasps and everything in between decimate our honeycrisps right before they are ready to harvest. What can be used to protect the apples from the insects ruining all the apples? Thanks, Mike Cumiskey Worthington

Nobles County Minnesota

2 Responses

Thank you for the question. It can be tricky to get a good, edible apple crop from any apple tree and it's so heartbreaking when your harvest dwindles for any reason. Your question is very broad so I'll provide links to season long care for your tree to improve your odds next year.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/apples-in-home-garden/ Scroll midway down this publication to read about bagging apples. This is a method that can produce good apples while limiting the amount of chemicals used on the tree.

If you have other questions, let us know and thank you for contacting Extension.

Another expert added the following comment:
"I see this every year - birds sample the apples allowing wasps, lady beetles and others to get into the apple. It is best to harvest when this starts and allow the apples to sit awhile before using as they will get sweeter".