Fruit flies

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R. C. Copeland, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Fruit flies

Minor Pest Description: 

Avocados, especially thin-skinned varieties might be attacked by various species of fruit flies. Some fruit flies lay eggs under the skin of the fruit that is just beginning to ripen, but others attack young and old fruit. When the fruit reaches about the size of a golf ball a sting lesion appears as a slight puncture mark surrounded by a white exudate. As the fruit develops the lesion becomes dry and turn into distinct star-shaped crack on the skin surface.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Practise orchard sanitation.
  • Practise monitoring.
  • Apply baits (see more under Fruit fly).
Minor Pest Position: 
2
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
205
Pest Type: 
insect
Other Crops: 
Guava
Host Plants: 
Avocados