Will fruit fly control affect bees?

I have several fruit trees but the fruit fly only seem to attack the mandarin and star fruit. I don't want to kill any bees or lady birds with pesticides, so am reluctant to spray fruit fly control on the trees as instructed. Is there a product that will kill the larvae of the fruit fly while they are in the ground, that can be applied after flowering and before fruiting?


19 August 2013 02:59 AM

Hi Michael,

We would advice not to spray while bees are foraging. Do not spray plants in flower while bees are foraging. Once the spray has dried, foraging bees will not be affected. With this product only the lower leaves and trunk needs to be sprayed. There is no need to spray the parts of the tree that has flowers. You can spray the foliage and the trunk of your trees early in the morning or late in the afternoon when bees has finished feeding for the day. If the fruit has been stung, it should be picked up and destroyed. This is one sure way of preventing the grubs inside the fruit from completing their life cycle and turning back into flies. Nature' Way Fruit Fly Control has a low toxic formulation, is perfect for use in organic gardens and has no withholding period. It is also very effective when used in accordance with the instructions on the label.

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