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Fruit fly traps

Traps with baits are used to monitor and to lessen the population density of fruit flies infesting the fruits.

Fruit fly plastic bottle trap

Materials needed

  • 1-liter plastic bottle
  • 6 mm iron rod
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Bait

  • Procedure

    1. Heat the iron rod.
    2. Make holes on the neck using the heated iron rod.
    3. Make a hole on the lid, big enough for the string or wire to pass through.
    4. Insert a string or wire at the lid's hole.
    5. Place the bait inside the bottle.
    6. Hung the trap in a shady part of the tree just above the lower leaves.
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    8. Replace the bait at least 2 times in a week. Fresh bait is often attractive to the flies.

    Fruit fly baits

  • Ripe banana peel cut into small pieces and mixed with sugar, flour, and water (Mulcrone, 1998).
  • Mixture of 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 tbsp ammonia, cup sugar, and 2 liters water (Mulcrone, 1998).
  • Mixture of 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and 1 tbsp honey (ECHO, 2003).
  • Mixture of sugar, soya sauce, and ammonia (Better Homes and Gardens, 2004).


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