Naturalure™ Fruit Fly Bait
Naturalure ™ is a protein and sugar based bait containing the active ingredient spinosad. The mixture is highly 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 (eg 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 as soon as fruit fly traps indicate fruit flies are present and fruit is at a susceptible stage. 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. 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.
Baiting for fruit fly control should be supplemented by good orchard management practices such as removal of fallen and/or rotting fruit. We recommend that fruit fly baiting with Naturalure™ be carried out in conjunction with the use of MAT cups for suppression of male fruit fly populations.
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