Fruit fly

 

medflyAs the library is no longer open on Saturdays, the bait will be available from my home. All you need to do is contact me by phone, email, Facebook message or via the contact form at lakeclifton.com.au  and we can agree on a mutually suitable time for you to bring a container (about 250 to 300 ml is plenty).

Mediterranean fruit fly is a major problem in our area. The Department of Agriculture (DAFWA) says that without control, it would infest 100% of stone fruit.

In summary, we need to apply a small amount of an attractant mixed with an insecticide every week. As a service to the community, the Residents Association has purchased a 25 kg container of Flavex, one of the recommended attractants and it is available to all local residents. This is free for members of LCHPSA; non-members will be charged $2.

You will also need Maldison or Malathion (same thing) from a hardware or garden store. Instructions on mixing this and Flavex will also be provided. Baiting like this is only part of the solution. It is also advisable to cover spray with a recommended insecticide and hang lures in the trees. Lures  are available from hardware and garden stores. Traps made of plastic bottles etc are not recommended as they do not catch a high proportion of the flies.

There is more detail at http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/Ento/medfly.htm

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