I've begun to harvest some apples and almost literally EVERY apple has been affected by codling moth. Last year was not nearly as bad - we still had a really good crop of apples which were unaffected. Not so this year.
I've been reading about pheromone traps and spraying (my tree is quite a mature and large tree), and the RHS website mentions using the pheromone traps to count the number of male wasps caught and then timing the spraying accordingly. This sounds very complicated. But if you've also been battling with codling moths, what have you been doing and how would you recommend tackling this problem so it doesn't happen (as badly) next year?
I also wonder if it's been a bad year because of my pruning the tree (?). We inherited the tree when we moved in last year, and before then, it had never been pruned, fertilised, etc. Since then, I've done two summer prunings, 1 winter pruning, and fertilised the tree. I've noticed that the fruit is not as plentiful but much bigger than this year, but alas, spoiled by those codling moths.