Mass trapping system for the fruit fly
The Conetrap Ceratitis captures the adults of the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), especially the females, preventing them from biting the fruit to lay their eggs and thus preventing the larvae that will cause damage to the fruit from emerging.
It is a highly effective phytosanitary product (an applicator’s licence is required for purchase) for mass trapping of fruit flies throughout the life of the Conetrap.
Damage can be both in terms of crop loss and reduced oil quality.
How to apply it
On a 2-3 cm branch on the south side of the tree.
When to apply it
4-5 months before the expected harvest date.
The latest time to apply it would be when the fruit starts to ripen.
How many to place
On large areas (measuring >1ha), 50-75 units / ha should be placed evenly. In the case of small areas or isolated trees, a flytrap should be placed every 2 or 3 trees.
When to withdraw it
It is recommended to keep the product on the tree until 7 months after the date of application.
Even if the fruit has been harvested earlier, leaving the flytrap on the tree will eliminate the last generation of adults, thus reducing pest pressure for the following season.
Peach, orange, fig and persimmon trees, but also apple, pomegranate, pear and table grape trees, etc…
The fruit fly is a diptera of the family Tephritidae.
- Adult: It is smaller than the house fly, with transparent wings adorned with very colourful patterns. The female, with a cone-shaped abdomen, has a long ovipositor which she uses to penetrate the skin of the fruit and lay eggs inside.
- Eggs: The eggs are elongated and smooth.
- Larva: It is apodous and white. The head is distinguished by the presence of two small black dots which are the eyes.
- Chrysalis: It is dark brown, about 5 mm long.
The initial damage they cause to the fruit is due to the bites made by the female to lay her eggs, thus creating a pathway for fungal infection that aggravates the deterioration of the fruit.