Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate is a protein and sugar based bait containing the active ingredient spinosad. Once applied, fruit flies can detect the bait from several metres away. Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate can be diluted with water (see MIXING section below) to produce either a concentrated or a dilute solution. Use the concentrated solution if application equipment will allow, as this will maximise bait longevity and improve rainfastness. If necessary, remove filters and strainers from spraying equipment to avoid blockages. Note: Baiting for fruit fly control should be supplemented by good orchard management practices such as removal of fallen and/or rotting fruit.
INSECTICIDE RESISTANCE WARNING
For insecticide resistance management Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate is a Group 5 insecticide.
Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate and other Group 5 insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually dominate the insect population if Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate or other Group 5 insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate on resistant individuals could be significantly reduced. Since occurrence of resistant individuals is difficult to detect prior to use, Dow AgroSciences accepts no liability for any losses that may result from the failure of Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate to control resistant insects.
Once mixed, constant agitation of the spray solution is recommended to ensure uniformity of spray mixture. Allow agitation system to operate for at least 5 minutes before applying. Once diluted, the solution should be used within 24 hours.
Concentrated Solution: Mix 1 part of Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate with 1.5 parts of water. First add water (equivalent to one-half of the volume of Naturalure Concentrate to be mixed) to the spray tank and start the agitation system. Then add the full amount of Naturalure Concentrate followed by an equal amount of water.
Dilute Solution: Mix 1 part of Naturalure Fruit Fly Bait Concentrate with 6.5 parts of water. First add water (equivalent to the volume of Naturalure Concentrate to be mixed) to the spray tank or premixing tank and start the agitation system. Then add the full amount of Naturalure Concentrate followed by the remaining amount of water.
Begin applications as soon as monitoring traps indicate flies are present and fruit is at a susceptible stage. Repeat applications every 7 days, re-applying sooner if rain washes off the deposit. A large spray droplet size of 4000 to 6000 μ (4-6 mm) is recommended to optimise duration of bait’s attractiveness to flies. Apply as either a band or spot spray to the lower canopy of fruiting plants as follows:
Band sprays (concentrated or dilute solution): Apply as a coarse spray in a 1m wide band to the skirt of trees. Apply to one side of every row or every second row of trees.
Spot sprays of the concentrated solution: Apply to trees and foliage as coarse spots of 20 mL per spot of 1m2. Apply 125 spots per hectare.
Spot sprays of the dilute solution: Apply to trees and foliage as coarse spots of 50 mL per spot of 1m2. Apply 150 spots per hectare.
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