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Dear Mr. Swensen,

Four years ago my Golden Delicious tree was attached by codling moth. Not knowing anything about this pest I sprayed my tree every month in hopes that this would take care of the problem. During the next 3 years I learned a lot (mainly from the internet) about the moth, while watching my heavily bearing tree become a retirement home for thousands of them, my apples falling to the ground by they time they were around 2” in diameter. I tried every remedy suggested on the internet, including a few chants and even, as suggested by one ‘expert’, asking them to leave. Consequently by the time I read your article I laughed – who ever would bother to put panty hose on every apple on the tree. I thought ok, this is probably a complete waste of time and money but I’ll give it a try and after that consider having the tree cut down and removed.

So, I ordered 600, and spent about an hour a day for 6 days hoping that my neighbors wouldn’t notice what I was doing. Even if they did I hoped they would be too polite to ask. I covered 2/3 of the fruit and left the top for the birds. Then I waited, every week or so checking the growing fruit and not finding any entry holes. Then a few weeks later I found one (I knew this wouldn’t work) but also found that I had not tied the sock securely around the stem. During the season I found about 20 infested apples.

So, that left me with 580 perfect apples! I couldn’t believe how simple the solution was. Thank you so much for your wonderful invention! You saved my tree!

I still have one request – I live in a very windy area. Could you come up with a way of tying the sock containing the fruitlet to the branch to prevent the fruit from being blown off the tree and bruised when hitting the ground?

C.C.
Fairfield, CA
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