Abstract— The Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae), is one of the most important pests of citrus in Turkey. The objective of this study was to evaluate mass trapping for the control of Medfly in Satsuma mandarin in Hatay province of Turkey. The studies were conducted in 2011-2012 using eostrap® invaginada traps baited with % 95 Trimedlure impregnated in a polymeric plug-type dispenser. In the first year, 48 traps per 0.7 ha were placed in an experimental site from 1st August to December. In the second year, 23 traps per 0.7 ha were placed in the same site from 14 August to December. After two years of the study, the population density of medfly varied in each of the sampling year. In the first year, a total of 8968 medfly adults were caught by traps. The largest mean of catches per trap were recorded on 31 October (64.21), followed by 24 October (31.29), 17 October (22.48), 7 November (20.64), 3 October (17.60) and 10 October (16.71). In the second year, a total of 1307 medfly adults were caught by traps. The largest mean of the catches per trap were recorded on 25 September (7.35), followed by 13 November (5.83), 6 November (5.52), 18 September (5.43) and 30 October (4.26), respectively. The percentages of damage rates of medfly observed in both years. The damage rates of Medfly were 10.91 and 8.56 % in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In conclusion, the population density of medfly on satsuma mandarin increased in September and October due to high temperature. The mass trapping was not enough to control medfly on satsuma mandarin. Therefore, the mass trapping should be used with pesticides to decrease the population density of medfly during September and October in Hatay province of Turkey.
Keywords— Medfly, trimedlure, traps, satsuma mandarin, Turkey.
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