Fruit Fly Control

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How to use the Eco Naturalure product

As fruit fly are most commonly found on or around plant foliage and branches, eco-naturalure should be sprayed either directly onto foliage and branches, or on a board and placed amongst foliage. We DO NOT recommend spraying metal fences or very absorbant wood as the droplets will dry out too quickly. Ideal board materials will not allow the product to dry out, run off or be absorbed.

Spray should be kept off the ground. Apply at mid-height, or close to where fruit is hanging.

When applying ensure spray is adequately mixed with water. DO NOT apply undiluted.

Application Rates
Small Areas/Individual Plants
Apply as a spot spray every 7 days (re-apply after rain)
Each spot should be 1 sq metre in size and consist of :

Foliar application - 10ml of eco-naturalure to 60ml of water

Branch/Trunk/Board - 10ml of eco-naturalure to 15ml of water

Set spray nozzle so that droplets form on foliage/branches or board. DO NOT apply as a mist.

Each 1 sq metre spot will attract fruit fly from up to 50 sq metres. Garden size will determine spots required each week.

Larger Areas - 1litre of eco-naturalure will treat 1 ha (150spots/ha) at 1part eco-naturalure:6 parts water

Note: Some fruit (including mangoes and pears) can be superficially blemished by the spray.  To avoid this we recommend only spraying foliage or hard surfaces, not the fruit itself. 

Other Considerations
- Re-applying eco-naturalure to the same foliage each week can promote the growth of sooty mould. Avoid this by spraying a different area of the tree or plant. Boards should also be cleaned.

- Keep areas free from fermenting protein sources such as rotting fruit, open compost heaps and manures including pet and chicken poo so fruit fly don't feed on these instead of eco-naturalure.

- Be aware that neglected fruit trees in your neighbourhood can harbour fruit fly. In such instances fruit fly will be harder to control. Better protection can be gained by increasing the number of bait patches (spots) within and around your backyard (one bait every 30m of fence line) as well as the use of male traps which will aid with monitoring and control.