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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2001  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 577 - 579

Evaluation of Soaked Wooden Killer Blocks for Male Annihilation (MA) on Fruit Fly Bactrocera Spp. (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Muhammad Afzal and Humayun Javed    

Abstract: The replacement of plastic traps with wooden blocks soaked in lure mixed with insecticide was assessed. Blocks are cheaper, simple and less likely to be blown down or stolen compared with plastic traps. Square and oblong are more effective against round and hexagonal. Plywood is best for block construction. About 92 % flies caught were Bactrocera zonata Saunders and the remaining was B. dorsalis Hendel. Incase of mixture composition, 6:4:1 is more important than other ratios. Spacing of 20 m between blocks appeared to be optimal, so it could be recommended 10-blocks / acre.

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