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i do not for the first time have any sign of fruit fly in my orchard.

we have not a sign of any attack on any of our apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc, an ant colony started up in our orchard this year about two months ago, is it because of the start up of the ant colony maybe eating the fruit fly lavae that has caused this? which of course we are very pleased if this is the case. Is this the reason?

Submitted: 01:07AM, 29 Oct 2013
Answer: Hi Dan,
I am glad to hear you have no sign of fruit this year. It is still early, so it would be wise to take precautions so as not to have your fruit affected. We would suggest that you use the Yates product Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control. This product is based on natural, low toxic and organic ingredients and should be sprayed as soon as the fruit is at that susceptible stage. Keep spraying every 5 days to give your fruit that protection they need.

To answer your question about the ants being a predator of the fruit fly, ants can feed on the larvae which is inside the fruit that has fallen to the ground. Of course you really don’t want to let the stung fruit remain on the ground for any length of time as there is a short window of time before the adult fly emerges from the larvae. It is a good practice to remove any fruit from the tree once it has been stung. this action will interrupt the life cycle of this destructive pest.

As I mentioned earlier, even though you are not yet seeing evidence of the fruit fly, it would be wise to use the Nature’s Way Fruit Fly to protect the fruit and enable you to harvest a good crop of fruit this year.

Answered: 10:06AM, 01 Nov 2013

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