Methods

Methods you can use to control fruit fly

Methods for control and prevention of fruit fly

 Method Helps to control Helps prevent Purpose
 Exclusion Egg laying in fruit Protects fruit
 Cover spraying Adult flies,
eggs and larvae
Egg laying in fruit and further damage of infested fruit Protects fruit and reduces adult fly numbers
 Baiting Adult flies Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation May protect fruit and reduce fruit fly numbers
 Trapping Adult flies Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation Monitors fruit fly activity and may reduce fruit fly numbers
 Sanitation Larvae and eggs Egg laying in fruit and larvae development Breaks the life cycle development
 Early harvesting Egg laying in fruit May protect fruit
 Pruning Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation Makes it easier to implement methods such as exclusion, cover spraying, baiting and sanitation
 Host plant removal Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation Removes need to manage fruit flies
 Non-preferred hosts Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation Reduces or removes need to manage fruit flies
 Alternative plants Egg laying in fruit and fly proliferation Removes need to manage fruit flies

Control methods and life cycle stages

The table below shows control and prevention methods for use in the different stages of the fruit fly life cycle. Some methods can be used to control more than one stage.

 Stage Control method Prevention method
 Egg

Cover spraying

Sanitation

Exclusion

Early harvesting

Host plant removal

Non-preferred hosts

Alternative plants

 Larvae (maggots) Cover spraying

Sanitation

 Pupae Ground spraying (not suited for use by home gardeners)
 Adults

Cover spraying

Baiting

Trapping

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