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Lox007
Nov 22, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Hello gardening experts!
I need some help. I just noticed that my lemon tree is infested with small critters, see picture, that feast on my ripening lemons. What type of insect are they, and what are my options to solve that problem as "organic" as possible. How can this be prevented in the future?
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porkpal
Nov 22, 2016 5:49 PM CST
What caused the fruit to split and let them in?
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 22, 2016 6:06 PM CST
You have fruit flies. Depending on where you live, the particular kind can vary. First off clean up all fruit & debris under & around the tree. Don't ever let fallen fruit sit on the ground, that just attracts the fruit flies. The same applies to overripe fruit on the tree itself. Put it in tightly sealed bags for the garbage pick up.
Get some white sticky boards for fruit flies & hang them in the area of the tree most infested & leave it for a few days. Then take it down & look, if you have flies stuck to it, take it to your local extension office for ID of the type of fruit flies. Once you know what type of flies you're dealing with, you can get fly traps for the particular species that is troubling you. For Mexican fruit flies you want to use a protein based trap but if you have Oriental or Mediterranean flies then you would want pheromone traps. Hang them in & around the tree(s) paying particular attention to highly infested areas.
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Lox007
May 19, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Thank you all for the suggestions and feedback.

It turned out that we had rodents who enjoyed the lemons. The fruit flies were gone after I cleaned it up.

Lox007
Aug 5, 2017 1:46 PM CST
Thank you all for the suggestions and feedback.

It turned out that we had rodents who enjoyed the lemons. The fruit flies were gone after I cleaned it up.

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