Targeted SWD traps unveiled at Fruit Focus

Last week's Fruit Focus event at East Malling Research, Kent, saw two innovations unveiled to help growers monitor populations of the invasive fruit pest spotted-wing Drosophila (SWD) - both claiming to offer more targeted catching than vinegar-based traps.

Image: Biobest
Image: Biobest
Biobest UK, part of Belgian biological controls specialist Biobest, showed an improved Droso Trap and Dros'attract, which it claims trapped up to three times as many as competitor traps in independent trials.

Biobest UK managing director Phil Walker said: "Droso Trap has been modified with vertical bars in the lateral openings to reduce the catch of solitary bees and other large flying insects. While the number of non-target insects caught has been reduced, trials show improvements to this high quality trap have not impacted on SWD catches."

Meanwhile Monmouthshire-based Sentomol Pest Management Solutions showed the newly introduced Pherocon SWD Lure. Developed in the US by specialist manufacturer Trécé, it uses attractants which are specific to SWD, housed in a purpose-built dispenser which makes for easier monitoring over a longer period, Sentomol says.

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