Fruit Trees
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have a peach tree and each year the fruit are usually filled with maggots. What is this pest and is there anything I can do about it?

1. I have a peach tree and each year the fruit are usually filled with maggots. What is this pest and is there anything I can do about it?

Caribbean Fruit FlyI believe that these maggots are larvae of the Caribbean fruit fly (photo from USDA, DPI). The adult female lays her eggs in the peach fruit when they are about the size of golf balls. The larvae feed on the flesh of the maturing peach. When the maggots have reached their last instar, they fall to the ground and pupate in the soil. In a week or two they emerge from the pupal stage as adults ready to start the cycle over again. There really is not a lot a home owner can do to control this pest other than covering the fruit with some type of bag.

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