Asian fruit fly Drosophila suzukii in orchards and vineyards

Polyphagous and invasive Asian fruit fly

Asian fruit fly Drosophila suzukii is polyphagous and invasive pest that attacks a wide range of fruit species and attacks the fruit ripening stage. It can cause very severe damage on all kinds of fruit that have a thin lining of the fetus and to: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, figs and fruit of the vine.
The economic importance of this pest is great because this fruit flies attack fruits in the ripening stage. Great attack in particular is registered in plantations which have been abandoned and which have not done harvesting.

How to make a hunting trap for the Asian fruit fly?

The trap, which can be made at home from a plastic bottle, put the mixture of 150 milliliters of red wine, 150 milliliters of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish washing detergent. At the top of the drilled holes into which flies to enter. The traps are changed every week. If possible, they should be placed high in the treetop. It is recommended that the ripe fruit is harvested daily and rotting removed from the plantation.

Measures to control the populations of fruit flies

In order to control the population of this pest producers of berry and stone fruit and grapes recommended the following measures:
- Mass-hunting adult specimens by placing a large number of traps (plastic bottles filled with drilled holes into which is poured a mixture of red wine (1,5 dl), apple cider (1.5 dl) and a few drops of detergent)
- Shortening harvest intervals, in order to rapidly bending the fruit of the plot
- Be sure to remove and burn infected and rotten fruit, as well as hygiene parcels edges (surrounding wild herbs can be hosted this pest and is the site of its propagation)
- Control of packaging and other equipment for harvesting because of the possibility of spreading the greater distance transport.

Very important is to implement the available control measures in the area of the region. Otherwise, we can not expect satisfactory results.
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