Naturalure ™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate is a protein and sugar based bait containing the active ingredient spinosad. The mixture is attractive to fruit flies, including Queensland and Mediterranean fruit flies. Female fruit flies can detect the bait from several metres away. Naturalure ™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate is included by the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) on the list of registered allowed inputs suitable for use in Australian Certified Organic (ACO) farming systems. There is no withholding period required when used as directed.
Naturalure™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate is effective in controlling fruit fly in tree, fruit, nut, vine and vegetable crops and ornamentals. Bait spraying in crops highly susceptible to fruit fly (e.g. stone fruit and guavas) may need to be undertaken in conjunction with cover sprays. The bait mixture may cause fruit burn in some sensitive crops, especially mangoes, grapes and pears. Sensitivity will vary with climatic conditions and varieties. Avoid contact of the mixture with fruit. Test on a small area first if unsure.
Begin applications at least two weeks before fruit becomes susceptible. It is important that baiting begins early in the crop cycle before fruit flies have become established. Repeat applications every 7 days, re-applying sooner if rain washes off the mixture or during periods of high pressure. Apply as a coarse spray in a 1 metre band to the skirt of trees or as coarse spots to trees and foliage. Naturalure™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate can be diluted with water to produce either a concentrated or a dilute solution. Use of the concentrated solution will maximise bait longevity and improve rainfastness. See product label for rate recommendations and full directions for use.
- We recommend that fruit fly baiting with Naturalure™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate be carried out as part of a systems approach which includes Fruit Fly Traps and MAT cups
- For more information about protein baiting and fruit fly management view our Fruit Fly Toolkit
- For information about fruit fly biology visit our fruit flies page
- View the Naturalure™ Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate product Safety Data Sheet here