The JACKSON TRAP can be adopted in programs to monitor fruit flies, if used in conjunction with the attractant ISCALURE TML PLUG.

It is recommended to use the JACKSON TRAP accompanied by the JACKSON PANEL with entomological glue and the ISCALURE TML PLUG attractant, which attracts adults of the fruit fly species Ceratitis capitata.

The application should take place in fruit crops where the target pests are detected and in the surrounding areas, which can serve as a refuge for the insects.

We recommend using one to two traps per hectare. In the case of areas with less than two hectares, use at least two traps, to enable the use of data from the average capture. Make equidistant distribution of the traps. The traps must be installed at an average height of 1.7 m from the ground.

Through periodic inspections it is possible to determine the presence of the target species and its population fluctuation in the field. The data collected must be recorded in an appropriate spreadsheet. The periodicity of the inspection and the due notes will provide data for population fluctuation analysis and information for control decision making.

It is recommended that monitoring be performed at least once a week, always on the same day. Change the adherent floor when the partial loss of adherence is verified.

JACKSON TRAPS baited with ISCALURE TML PLUG allow the commercial adoption of very accurate monitoring systems. They do not require specialized labor to identify the insect, since the attraction is specific for the fruit fly Ceratitis capitata. Population fluctuation data help in decision-making for control.

Fruit fly

Ceratitis capitata

Ceratitis capitata is commonly known as the fruit fly or the Mediterranean fly. It is a polyphagous, invasive species of fly. These flies reproduce rapidly, adapt easily to different temperatures, and feeds on a variety of hosts. This makes it an especially damaging pest. It causes significant damage and economic crop loss.It is present on all continents of the planet. In Oceania, there are records of its presence dating back to the end of the 19th century: It appeared in New South Wales, Australia in 1898. Ceratitis capitata is one of eight species in the subgenus Ceratitus s.s. Adult individuals can be identified by its thorax and wings. Males have two orbital bristles and their apex is black and diamond-shaped. Mediterranean flies can damage up to 100% of a crop. Researchers estimate that this fruit fly preys on around 370 host plants around the world. Fruit flies prey on peaches and citrus by piercing through the skin (epicarp) of the fruit for oviposition. The larvae then consume the pulp (mesocarp) and microorganisms enter through the opening in the skin causing the fruit to rot. In Central America, fruit flies attack coffee crops causing the berries to ripen prematurely and fall to the ground. This reduces the quality of the coffee product. These two examples reflect the detrimental effect on crops that fruit flies have. Fruit flies can decrease the quality of a crop’s product. Often attempts to control fruit flies also increase expenses needed to protect the crop. A physical barrier can be applied before fruit is attacked. It is also important to remove fallen fruit or leftovers immediately after harvesting. This helps to prevent potential breeding sites of the pest. These removed fruits should be spread in the sun far from fruit growing areas or even buried at least half a meter below into soil. This kills immature stages of the Ceratitis capitata.