Join one of the Fruit Fly workshops at the September 10th Pest Fest and learn how to make Fruit Fly traps with household items.
Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a serious horticultural pest in Western Australia. It attacks a range of cultivated fruits and some fruiting vegetables. Medfly, as it is commonly known, has been recorded to infest more than 200 hosts worldwide. The first sign of damage is often larvae-infested or ‘stung’ fruit. Stinging is caused by the female laying eggs into unripened or ripe fruit.
Lure and kill devices work in a similar way to baits, exploiting the need for female Medflies to obtain dietary protein for egg production. Traps are hung on trees and the protein in the trap attracts male and female flies. Depending on the design, the flies drown or obtain a lethal dose of insecticide.
Some nurseries sell a lure and kill device which consists of a plastic container containing a liquid that is attractive to Medflies. The flies enter through small holes in the lid, and eventually drown in the liquid. Freshly-killed flies float on the surface.
You can also make your own traps out of empty soft drink or water bottles, or 2 litre milk or juice cartons. Remove the label first as it may deter flies or attract young children. Drill, punch or burn at least four holes on opposite sides of the bottle, near the ‘shoulders’. The size of the holes should be 6-8mm. The trap can be hung from its neck by wire or string to a branch. Fill one-third of the trap with your recipe.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, WA will run 3 Fruit Fly Trap workshops at the upcoming Pest Fest on September 10th
Attendees will be shown how to create a trap with recycled household plastic containers and teach recipes for the lure within.
Times are – 12:00, 12:30 and 1:00pm.
Start collecting your plastic containers to make your traps!
People can bring:
· Milk bottles
· Drinks plastic bottles
· Water bottles (600ml, 1L or 2L)
· Peanut butter containers
· Coat hanger
· Honey bottles (large)
· Any container with a wide opening and yellow-orange lids.
· Yellow electrical tape
· Yellow contact sheet
Times- 12:00, 12:30 and 1:00pm.
Venue- Warmsley Pavilion, Waroona Show Grounds
Need more info?
Cant make the event click here for some fruit fly lure recipes.