youve ever grown fruit of any kind, especially during
spring and summer, you will know that fruit fly can be a
real nuisance. However there is an easy solution to help
control these pesky insects.
FRUIT FLY DAMAGE
Here in our hot climate, fruit flies cause a lot of fruit
loss from stinging the fruit. It is actually the female
that is laying eggs in the fruit after mating with the male.
The female lays the eggs just below the skin or surface
of the fruit and this is what we see as the sting. Once
the eggs hatch, the larvae of the fruit fly, which are small
maggots at this stage, feed off the inside of the fruit
before turning into adult fruit fly. The end result is spoilt
fruit that goes rotten and is wasted.
STOP THE MATING TO STOP THE STINGING!
The trick to stopping the females from stinging the fruit
in the first place is to kill the male fruit fly before
it mates with the female. You can do this by using Searles®
Fruit Fly Traps. Searles® Fruit Fly Trap is a specially
designed trap containing a fruit fly wick.
FRUIT FLY TRAP AND WICK
To use Searles fruit Fly traps, hang the fruit fly trap
containing the fruit fly wick in the trees or shrubs surrounding
the fruit. It is best to hang more than one trap around
the fruit you are trying to protect. If you have numerous
fruit trees or crops such as tomatoes, hang sufficient traps
so as to surround the crop. By doing this, you will hopefully
trap and kill the male fruit fly before they can enter into
the area of the crop to mate with the females.
THE TRAP AND WICK WORK
Each wick contains the pheromone of a female fruit fly in
season, coupled with an insecticide. The male is attracted
by the pheromone believing it is going to mate with the
female. Following its natural instincts, the male
fruit fly flies up to the wick, and when he lands on it,
he is killed by the insecticide and falls into the trap.
using Searles® Fruit Fly Traps, you are helping to control
the male fruit fly before he can mate with the female and
hence, preventing the fruit from being stung.
Searles® Fruit Fly Traps are very easy to use and do not
require any spraying of chemicals. Each wick will last for
approximately 3 months after the packet has been opened.
After the 3 months has lapsed, you can purchase individual
fruit fly wicks to replace the old wick in the trap. If
your fruit are still being stung even after installing the
traps, you may then need to spray with an effective fruit
fly spray such as Dimethoate. When doing so, be sure to
read and follow all safety and application directions and
observe the period of time that is required to pass before
any fruit can be consumed.
It is very important to practice good hygiene when dealing
with fruit fly. Fruit fly are attracted to the smell of
rotten or spoilt fruit. Always remove any rotten, stung
or spoilt fruit from the fruit tree and from the ground
below the crop as these will actually attract fruit fly.
If you are intending to compost these spoilt fruit, do so
as far away from your crop as possible and do not leave
the fruit exposed to the air. Chooks, ducks and geese make
excellent cleaners around fruit crops as they consume any
fruit that falls to the ground as well as eating the flies
NOTE: If you do not catch any fruit fly in your trap,
you may be lucky enough to be in an area that is fruit fly
free. At certain times of the year, fruit fly are relatively
dormant depending on where you live. They are far more active
as the weather warms up and in hot conditions, but like
all flies, they are not active in the cold.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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