This past Sunday, we were fortunate to attend a workshop put on by Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) on controlling apple maggot.
Apple maggot has become a bigger problem in Edmonton in the last few years. Sara, the resident apple maggot expert, said that people have even started cutting down apple trees in desperation and because of a lack of information.
We have been very lucky to not come across any apple maggot yet. Last fall, we heard horror stories from people who spent hours picking a tree only to realize the apples were basically empty on the inside because the apple maggot was so bad. Our strategy became to start by cutting open a few apples before picking to make sure we wouldn’t suffer the same fate while foraging.