Submitted to: Florida Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/21/2009
Publication Date: 12/1/2009
Citation: Holler, T.C., Peebles, M., Young, A., Whiteman, L., Olson, S., Sivinski, J.M. 2009. Efficacy of the Suterra biolure individual female fruit fly attractant packages vs. the Unipak version. Florida Entomologist. 92(4):667-669. Interpretive Summary: Fruit flies, such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean fruit flies, infest hundreds of species of fruits and vegetables and are responsible for trade restrictions wherever they occur. Food-based attractants are used to monitor their populations and scientists at the USDA-ARS, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Florida, in cooperation with USDA-APHIS, compared 2 new formulations with the previously used standards. There were no significant differences in the efficacies of the attractants presented in the field to either pest species. Such comparisons should become a common practice throughout the range of actively-controlled fruit flies, in order to standardize trap catches, as much as possible.
Technical Abstract: The combination of putrescine with ammonium acetate into one unit had no significant effect on the attractance of Caribbean fruit fly to trap(s) when compared with the individual BioLure dispseners. Additionally, there were no significant differences in attractancy to the Mediterranean fruit fly when the trimethylamine was combined with ammonium acetate/putrescine unit when compared to the three individual BioLure dispensers.