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Olive maggots

An olive fruit fly maggot and squishy olive flesh

An olive fruit fly maggot and squishy olive flesh

This year the local olives, including ours, are infested with olive fruit fly larvae.

There are little holes and pits on the outside of each fruit, and inside a yellow maggot the size of a grain of rice

The maggot leaves brown tracks and tunnels and makes the inside of the olive gooey.

The local remedy is to hang a bottle trap in each tree with an anchovy as bait for the flies, and to spray the trees.

Apparently it’s easy to control, but it depends on everyone doing it.

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