Cooperative Project Between Multiple Agencies:
Washington State Department of Agriculture, North Yakima Conservation District, USDA-ARS, Washington State University, Yakima County and Chelan County.
Beneficial to Commercial Growers
Reduction in trade barriers and removal of host that cause troubles to growers.
Why We Are Doing It?
- Currently $500,000 annually to manage Apple Maggot with each year the cost of controlling “invasive Pests” continues to rise.
- $220,000 Grant over two years to prove the feasibility of host removal and replacement
- Reducing Alternative Hosts is a better method of pest management
- Cost of this strategy is high initially. After 5 years is less costly than sprays.
- Habitat Manipulation is an effective and more ecologically sound method of pest management.
- Reduced Pest Population
- Reduced Spray Applications
- Reduced Apple Maggot Detections
- Increased Profitabiltiy
- Attain/Maintain “Pest Free Status”
Pest Management Fact Sheets
- Fruit Pest Management Tips; Recognizing Western Cherry Fruit Fly Rhagoletis indifferens
- Home Orchard Fruit Pest Management Tips: Recognizing Apple Maggot Rhagoletis pomonells
- Home Orchard Fruit Pest Management Tips: Codling Moth vs Apple Maggot
- Home Orchard Fruit Pest Management Tips: Walnut Husk Fly Recognition Rhagoletis completa
We are working with landowners and removing Hawthorn and neglected fruit trees.
- Host of the Pest is Removed
- Replacement plants are planted of equal or greater ecological value