Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are very mobile; it is therefore difficult to control fruitccsm flies by spraying conventional insecticides.  Female fruit flies deposit their eggs in healthy fruits. The larvae that emerge in the fruit cause damage to the fruits.

By using monitoring devices it is possible to determine which species of fruit flies are present. Monitoring devices lure the fruit flies into a trap which makes it possible to identify the fruit fly. Female fruit flies have a pointy ovipositor at the back of the body to deposit eggs.

What is Ceratitis-Block?

Ceratitis-Block is an attract-and-kill bait station for the control of Ceratitis fruit fly species. Ceratitis-Block consists of a 5cm x 5cm wooden block impregnated with the attractant Enriched Ginger Root Oil and the contact insecticide Malathion. Ceratitis-Block controls fruit flies such as Ceratitis capitata (Mediterranean fruit fly), Ceratitis cosyra (mango fruit fly), and Ceratitis rosa (natal fruit fly). These pests can be found on crops such as avocado, mango, passion fruit, guava, peaches, and oranges.

How does Ceratitis-Block work?

Once outside its original sealed packaging, the Ceratitis-Block will start releasing its attractants over a period of six weeks.  This will attract male fruit flies, which will then touch the block and die from the contact insecticide.

Why use Ceratitis-Block?


  • is very effective at controlling fruit flies
  • does not touch your crop and thus there is no MRL (Maximum Residue Level) applicable
  • is specific in its target pest and thus does not harm any beneficial insects such as bees
  • is easy to apply


How to use Ceratitis-Block?

The bait station is placed at a rate of 10 traps per hectare (4 traps per acre). Hang the bait stations within tree canopy on shady side of tree, at least 1.5 meters above ground. Replace after 6 weeks.

Safety of Ceratitis-Block

Ceratitis-Block is a pesticide. Personal Protective Equipment such as rubber or latex gloves should be used when handling Ceratitis-Block.

Storage and Disposal of Ceratitis-Block

Store the Ceratitis-Block in its tightly closed original packaging in a cool, dry and dark place. Shelf life of Ceratitis-Block is 12 months from date of manufacture. Store pesticides always out of reach of children.

*This product is not available for commercial sales in Kenya. Only with approval of the Kenyan Pest Control Products Board are we allowed to perform trials at your farm.


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