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Post fruit fly
As we start to approach the warmer seasons I was wanting to hear about how you all deal with the dreaded fruit fly??

Tracey :D
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Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:41 pm
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Last year I didn't and lost all my feijoas and most of my tomatoes so this year I will use eco natralure baits and I have bought net curtains from Vinnies to use as barriers.

Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:53 pm

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I just bought exclusion bags from GreenHarvest. I gave up 2 years ago growing tomatoes because all of them got attacked by fruit fly.

I was not going to put down tomato this season, but seedling keep poping up from the ground (i think they where seeds from the damaged fruits 2 years ago...)

I just bagged all my growing fruits, so finger cross that I actually get some fruit this season :)

Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:45 pm
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With 50 Mango trees and a number of other various fruit trees all about to start fruiting... Fruit fly is a very big concern for us.

We choose not to use any chemicals sprays etc.

We collect soft drink bottles throughout the year and make Fruit fly traps (I am sure you are all familiar with the design)
The 'bait' we use is a mix of 1cup water, ½ cup cloudy ammonia, 1 tablespoon vanilla essence.

We place one of these traps approx every 3rd tree.

We also make sure to pick up and dispose of any groundfall daily.

Also, pick your fruit a day or two before it is truely ripe.
Fruit fly will only attack ripe fruit and by picking a day or two early, you reduce the risk.

Using these methods, we have little to no loss of fruit to fly.

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Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:07 am
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50 mango trees - I am so jealous!!

Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:02 am
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