Guru GyaanAgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
Management of Fruit Sucking Moth
At present, fruit sucking moth infestation has started in crops such as tomato and pomegranate. This damage is also caused to guava, citrus, watermelon, and muskmelon. It also reported that in this moth there can be damage and sucking of the juice from the green cotton bolls. Fruit sucking moth lays eggs on weed host plants around the orchard vicinity. The caterpillars feed on weed and vines grown on orchard boundaries and fencings; but do not cause any damage to crops. While adult moth suck the juice from the fruits. Moths are active during late evening (dusk time). Until it finds the proper place in fruits, it continues to puncture the fruits and finally insert its strong mouth part and suck the juice. As a result, surrounded area become soft and brownish. Fungus and bacteria enters through these punctures and saprophytes are developed. Ultimately, fruits start to rot. The damage caused by moths can be easily identified with pin-hole punctures on the fruit.
• Collect & destroy the fallen damaged fruits periodically to prevent further infestation. • Effective control can be made by collection and destruction of adult moths with the help of insect-net and using batteries (torch) during late evening to mid-night. Follow this task collectively. • Destroy the weed hosts & vines present on boundaries and in and around the orchard as the caterpillars are survived on them. • Smoke the orchard during dust period (late evening) as this pest active during night hours (nocturnal) and repel them. • If possible, install one light trap in orchard. • Since these moths are attracted to tomato plants, do regular monitoring and check the tomato crop. • In small orchard, brown plastic bag (500 gauges) or paper bags can be wrapped to manage the damaged caused by these moths. • Spraying of poison bait is very effective. For the preparation, take 2 lit of water and dissolve 200 g jaggary. Add vinegar or any juice of fruits 12 ml and add Malathion 50 EC 20. Stir it well with wooden stick. Take about 500 ml of this solution in open plastic bowl and place it one per 10 trees. The moths are attracting toward it, suck the solution and die. In this way, population of these moths can be reduced. Source: AgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence If you find this information useful, click on the yellow thumbs up sign under the photo and also share this with your farmer friends using the options given below.
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