Chances are if you have grown carrots that you have come to know the damage of the carrot rust fly maggot. These lovely maggots are the larvae of the carrot rust fly. They tunnel through carrots, their favorite host plant, leaving a trail of poo behind them. Aren't they thoughtful, not only do they eat your carrot but what they leave behind, they fill with poo. YUCK!
To help you better understand carrot rust flies and carrot rust fly maggots here is a little excerpt from my book Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Garden:
"Carrot rust flies are very small black flies that lay their eggs at the crown of carrots, parsnips, and celeriac. Dill, chervil, and fennel can also be host plants if other crops are not available. Adult female carrot rust flies find their host by smell. They can smell a carrot when it has only two leaves. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae make their way into the carrot or other crop. They then start eating their way through and depositing their rusty colored excrement that gives them their middle name. The damage can quickly escalate to extensive. The carrot rust fly can produce 2- 3 generations in a season. The adult emerges in May, quickly finds a mate and lays eggs. By July, the next generation is ready to lay their eggs. If conditions are right, more eggs will be laid in September to over winter and emerge in the fall."
So what is it that you can do to stop carrot rust fly maggots? Join me in the video below as I show you the results of an experiment I tried in my garden this year and give you some tips on battling carrot rust fly maggot.
What's Eating Your Carrots and Battling Carrot Rust Fly Maggots
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So have you encounter carrot rust fly and their maggot babies before? Have you ever found one while cutting into a fresh carrot from the garden? Biggest YUCK! Tell me your stories in the comments below.
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