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Hi there. We have a Satsuma plum that is in its 4th year of fruiting. This year we have noticed quite a few plums with pin-head holes in them and upon cutting open the fruit have found either a very small caterpillar or the fruit has been damaged beyond edible. How do we control whatever it is that has taken a liking to this tree and can the fruit that that have not been affected (so far) be protected against any possible “attack” from these little blighters. Thanks. Tony.

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Hi Tony, Unfortunately any sprays now will not have any effect, I am also wondering if the caterpillar is more something that is happening after the fruit has gone off (which can be for example too much fruit and this fruit will fall of anyway.) I would suggest that next season (September) you hang a pheromone trap and see what you are catching that potentially is going to cause a caterpillar problem.

Thanks the Palmers Team

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