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A simple solution to a damaging pest

The Spotted Wing Drosophila  - one of the biggest threats facing fruit growers
The Spotted Wing Drosophila - one of the biggest threats facing fruit growers

The Spotted Wing Drosophila is detrimental to nursery growers but can be tackled with an easy fix from NAD

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4 July 2017 | 0

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) – Fruit Fly – is an invasive pest that originated from Southeast Asia. The fly targets thin-skinned and soft, fleshy fruits; such as strawberries, raspberries, elderberries and blueberries.

Within a short period of time it has become an enormous threat to European fruit and wine production and has already led to considerable economic losses in the sector.

That is where the SWD – Fruit Fly trap comes in. The bait trap is suitable for mass capture and monitoring of fruit flies. It is:

  • Sustainable and refillable
  • For wide area application
  • Simply plug it together, fill it, hang it up
  • Affordable, 100% recyclable

The SWD – Fruit Fly trap consists of 3 parts:profatec-falle-himbeere-500x653-dm-crop-0-0-500-653-dpzd
1. A stackable, transparent beaker with a diameter approximately 7.5cm and a height of approximately 6cm.

2. A re-closable red lid with a diameter of approximately 7.5cm and a height of approximately 2cm.

3. A red hanger with an approximate length of 10cm, and an approximate width of 2.8cm

All parts are made of weather-resistant polypropylene. The user can assemble the trap very easily and place it directly in the right place. The holes on the lid edge are designed in such a way that no larger insects are caught.

The bright red cover colour attracts the fruit fly and through the transparent cup it is easy to monitor the trap without opening it. The SWD trap can be used several times and is recyclable.

The trap is filled with approximately 75 ml of bait liquid and can simply be emptied, cleaned and refilled.

Both the trap and the bait liquid are available from NAD.

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