The peas I have grown have maggots in them. How can I avoid attacks?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 24 June 2013 11:31 AM
The Pea Moth  lays its eggs in the open flowers during June and July and these produce the young caterpillars which will eventually bore into the developing pods and continue feeding there until they are fully grown.  Unless the peas are harvested beforehand, these grubs will eventually eat their way out through the pod and drop to the ground.  Having reached the ground the grubs will pupate and the Pea Moth cycle will continue the following June with the emergence of the winged adult. 

To avoid attacks by the Pea Moth sow peas early or late in the season so that they are not flowering in June or July.  Digging the ground in late autumn/winter will bring overwintering grubs to the surface where they will be exposed to the weather and birds.
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