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worms in Guavas

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JOGY1 starts with ...
Hi
I got ripen guavas in my guava tree but there are tiny live worms inside. How do that happen. Waiting for your valuable reply.
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JOGY1
WISHART,4122,QLD
15th March 2018 11:39am
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David01 says...
Hi JOGY1,

Sounds like your guava got fruit fly. More info from the websites below:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/plant/fruit-flies
https://www.plantwise.org/KnowledgeBank/Datasheet.aspx?dsid=8703
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CRAIGIEBURN,3064,VIC
15th March 2018 2:22pm
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MintPlntRmantic1 says...
Hey Jogy1!
It's a little difficult to give you a thorough answer without a little more detail. Pics or something similar would definitely help! I've attahced one I managed to track down online - does this look about right?

If so, it sounds like you have fruit flies. Unfortunately I'm not sure there's much you can do to save those that are already affected, but X and Y are both good ways to help prevent this in the future. Try:

Pesticides are one option if you're willing, but spraying the underside of the leaves with a protein baait can be an easy way to gather them together in the one spot and take them out.

Harvest early. Fruit can still ripen after harvesting, but fruit flies tend to target anything that's reached maturity and is still hanging around.

Clean up any fallen / spoiled fruit that may have fallen, as they can attract them.

Let us know how you get on, and whether you have any other deets to share that might make it easier for us to send some valuable replies your way :)
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MintPlntRmantic1
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15th March 2018 3:26pm
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Julie says...
Fruit fly. Search in the box top right.
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Julie
Roleystone WA
15th March 2018 7:53pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Jogy1

Fruit flies lay their eggs beneath the guavas skin and the resulting maggots (worms) devour the flesh inside the fruit. You can set a homemade trap for fruit flies. You can use a plastic container with holes in the lid as big as the flies. Pour a cider vinegar or white wine vinegar (about 2 inches) mix two drops of unscented dish washing liquid. Flies will be attracted to it and drown. Set the trap near the tree.

Happy gardening :-)
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Fruitylicious1
TAMWORTH,2340,NSW
16th March 2018 6:49am
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Original Post was last edited: 16th March 2018 6:57am
Anthony says...
My grandfather always told the kids to eat the fruit in the dark if the fruit flies had gotten to it!🤔🤔Guava still tasted like guava, even with a few grubs in it👍.
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16th March 2018 10:36pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Anthony

I like your sense of humor. Just for curiosity, whats the guava taste like laced with a few maggots inside? Was it yummm!?&@# He! He! He!

Happy Gardening :-)
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Fruitylicious1
TAMWORTH,2340,NSW
17th March 2018 12:14pm
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durga says...
My Guava tree in 3.5 years old. I use to spray essential oil mixed water regularly with a fruit fly trap in which case i use to get a part of yield fruit fly and bug free. But this season i didnt do it regularly and ended up with all of my yield infected. I am guessing its two things causing this problem. One is fruit fly and the other is blank any like insect. See attached photos. I am not sure if those black ones are really ants as normal ant control like stiky traps etc is not working. Any body having similar problem? If so, waiting for your valuable inputs to get rid of these black things or control it somehow so that i can taste these lovely fruits at least in next yield.
Thanks in advance.
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22nd March 2018 12:28pm
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Scott 10 says...
Hi Durga, definitely an ant problem of some type. May be related to the wet weather recently which might have brought them up into the tree or there may be aphids which the ants are after. Ant sticky traps don’t always work at containment unfortunately especially with large amounts of rain.

Check for aphids and then go from there, good luck!
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Scott 10
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23rd March 2018 10:34pm
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Bangkokii says...
My guava also had worms, now i pack each fruit in a fabric white bag (it's cotton i guess) and that works well.

Problem is that i can't see them change color but i just pick them when large and they taste sweet/sour and are crispy...perfect.

The bags i bought on a fruittree market. they are easy to close with a small piece of rubber, the rope goes through the rubber.
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26th March 2018 2:06am
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