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Unpeeled cedar posts

Posted by Peter Drevniok 
Unpeeled cedar posts
December 26, 2014 04:56PM
I built an orchard fence utilizing 12 foot cedar posts (65 or so in total). I did not think to peel the bark off the posts before building the fence. Now, I am concerned that the bark will provide an ideal place for codling moth to spin cocoons. Should I now make every effort to peel as much bark off as possible
or is this a non-issue?

Peter Drevniok
Wakefield, Qc zone 4b
Re: Unpeeled cedar posts
January 16, 2015 11:29AM
Hi Peter,

Fair question. I think the potential is there, but not likely. Put your energy somewhere else. Coddling moth larva are going to prefer to pupate as close to their food source as they can and that will usually be the bark of the fruit trees themselves or in the nearby ground debris around those same trees. Making their way over to your fence posts is unlikely.

Gopher Hill Apples
Zone 8 in California
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