Has anyone here had experience with burning around the base of fruit trees to help control fruit flies?
I ask, because I've discovered several fruit trees on my property, pear, peach, apple, sumac, asian dogwood, raspberries and blackberries, and more. But we lost ALL the fruit to flies this year before it even got ripe. The property was unmanaged for 5 years before we bought it, so its not like it was being sprayed with pestacides either.
Mosquitoes, fruit flies, and biting gnats are aweful at their various times of the year, partially due to very wet clay soil im guessing. So I am considering clearing the ferns and blackberries away from the fruit trees, and burning around the bases in a controlled manner to kill any over wintering fly larvae. Would this work? Is there a better option? Again, there is just such a population of these flies that there arent nearly enough predators to come close to keeping up.
Any suggestions welcome! (Apparently there are some beetles too, but not nearly as many as the flies)