Factors Affecting Rate of Loss of Trimedlure Used to Bait Traps for Fruit Flies in Florida
AbstractTests were made to determine the rate of loss of trimedlure (g/wick per week) impregnated on cotton dental wicks (3/4 x 1 inch or 3/8 x 2 inch) and exposed in plastic fruit fly traps in central Florida. The rate of loss from wicks placed on the sunny side of trees was significantly greater than that from wicks placed on the shady side. However, the rate of loss from the 2 sizes of wicks on the sunny side of trees were not significantly different. The 2-in. wicks held less lure and had to be retreated with attractant more often than the 1-in. wicks. Temperature was the most important factor influencing the rate of loss of trimedlure.
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