This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
That hay bands wrapped around the stems of apple trees afford an enticement to the codling moth to "stay and be killed" when in its larval condition is well known. Whether the plan will stand the test of the profit and loss, account is now a point raised by Ohio fruit growers. An Ohio paper tells us that several of our extensive or-chardists, at the Toledo meeting, objected to the hay-band remedy proposed by Prof. Cook, as involving too much labor. One, who had three thousand apple trees, and was quick in the use of figures, said the plan proposed would require of him three thousand bands to be put on and taken off and the worms crushed, eight or nine times during the season. It was a bigger job than he was willing to undertake. He thought hogs and sheep could do the work about as well and much cheaper. Another member referred to the extensive apple orchard of Mr. Wilson, near Toledo, which was inspected by the committee of the State Horticultural Society two years ago, and which had been observed by him for a number of years past, and is noted for the excellence of its fruit, being almost entirely exempt from injury by worms, the owner attributing this exemption solely to his keeping a large drove of hogs in the orchard during summer, and supplementing this with a drove of sheep turned in for a day or so at a time, once or twice a week, when there is more wormy fruit falling than the hogs can quickly consume.