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Codling Moth


Codling moth damage Codling moth

Hosts:  apple, pear

  Overwinter as diapausing larvae, and pupate in spring.  Adult female moths lay eggs on and near apple/pear fruit and larvae tunnel within fruit and feed on the seeds.  Two-three generations/season. 

  Frass at entry/exit hole; tunneling inside fruit toward seeds.


  • Non-mating disruption:  Hang pheromone trap with regular codling moth lure at first pink or 100 degree days after March 1 to record date of first moth flight (called biofix, when 2+ moths have been caught).  Leave trap in orchard and check moth numbers weekly to monitor population throughout the season.
  • Mating disruption:  Hang pheromone trap with CM-DA lure at first pink or 100 degree days after March 1 in backyard tree or non-mating disrupted area close to orchard to determine biofix date.  Continue checking trap weekly for threshold level.

Treatment Threshold:

  • Non-mating disruption:  no threshold; usually treatment is needed throughout the season to protect fruit.
  • Mating disruption:  treat when 10 moths have been trapped using the CM-DA lures.

Degree Day Model:

  • Upper threshold:  88°F
  • Lower threshold:  50°F
  • Biofix:  first trap catch
Event Degree Days
First Generation
  1% egg hatch 220
  period of greatest egg hatch 340-640
  100% egg hatch 920
Second Generation  
  1% egg hatch 1100
  period of greatest egg hatch 1320-1720
  100% egg hatch 2100
Third Generation  
  1% egg hatch 2160


Management Considerations:  Proper timing of insecticides is important.  Utah offers spray timing dates, Colorado offers fruit information, and Idaho offers the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network

In addition, maintain proper sanitation by removing apple bins from the orchard and removing/mowing fallen fruit.