We have lost some fruit to insect damage and have some damaged fruit on the trees but we do not feel that we have experienced significant damage. We have relied on monitoring potential insect pest problems. Where we felt that there might be excessive damage we have used other means of control. In one area we used insect traps to
attract and catch the pest before it damaged the fruit.
In some other areas we sprayed the trees with an edible white clay material. It is the same material that is used in some lipsticks, cosmetics, etc. It is also used to make china dishes. The material when sprayed on the trees discourages the insects from laying their eggs on the apple. The results at present are encouraging.