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Efficacy of the Suterra BioLure individual female fruit fly attractant packages vs. the Unipak version.

Female-specific, synthetic food attractants for detection of Tephritidae fruit flies of economic significance to American agriculture such as the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), the Caribbean fruit fly Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), and the Mexican fruit fly Anastrepha ludens (Loew) are becoming an alternative to the use of proteinacious baits in Cooperative State/Federal survey programs (FDACS, 2001). The standard BioLure bait dispensers (Suterra Inc., Bend, OR) for the Mediterranean fruit fly contain ammonium acetate, putrescine (1,4-diaminobutane), and trimethylamine hydrochloride, while a bait dispenser for Anastrepha spp. fruit flies contains ammonium acetate and putrescine. The baits are manufactured in adhesive-backed units that can be attached to the insides of a plastic, two-piece McPhail-like trap (Thomas et al. 2001; Holler et al. 2006; Jang et al. 2007) or suspended from the top of the trap by a clip provided. Prior to sticking the dispensers to the side of the trap or suspending the combined units to the trap clip, a protective cover is removed from the front of the baits to initiate volatilization through a central circular membrane of the formulations (Florida Fruit Fly Detection Manual 2004).

The objective of this study was to determine whether individual bait dispensers (BioLure) for Anastrepha spp. and C. capitata could be combined into a dispenser (Unipak) without compromising bait efficacy.

The advantage of the Unipak is the reduced time required to bait a Multilure trap with the 2 or 3 baits in separate dispensers and the security gained in lessening the risk that 1 of the 3 individual dispensers will become separated from the other(s) and either drop into the liquid preservative in the bottom of the trap or occlude the trap opening and prevent fly entry.

Field tests were conducted in urban residential areas containing fruit fly host material, such as citrus (Citrus paradise Macfad), mangoes (Mangifera indica Lindl), guava (Psidium guajaua Lindl), Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora Lindl) and loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl), on both the east (Sarasota/Bradenton) and west (Ft. Pierce) coast of Florida. In the Sarasota area traps comparing ammonium acetate, putrescine and trimethylamine in individual dispensers vs. Unipak were located in backyards over which sterile medflies were aerially released. In the Ft. Pierce area efficacy comparisons of the dispensers and the Unipak were conducted on properties where wild Caribbean fruit fly infestations occurred. Baited traps remained in the field in Sarasota for a period of 8 weeks, and in the Ft. Pierce area for 12 weeks. Traps were serviced weekly and trapped flies were separated by sex.

The trap selected for use in this study was the Multilure (Better World Manufacturing, Fresno, CA.). Fifty traps containing either the individual BioLure dispensers or the Unipak were observed for fly attractance. For this test, the individual BioLure components or the Unipak was attached to the clip on the inside top of the Multilure trap. Three-hundred mL of 10% Lowtox antifreeze (Prestone Products Corp., Danbury, CT) were placed in the bottom of the trap initially and replenished or replaced as needed. Traps were situated in pairs, 1 of each treatment type about a meter apart.

Twenty-five traps, each baited with individual dispensers or Unipaks, were initiated in the Ft. Pierce area on 17 Apr and were terminated 10 Jul 2007, whereas traps were placed in the Sarasota/ Bradenton vicinity (25 of each pair), beginning on 10 Apr and removed 5 Jun 2007. If either baited trap of a pair of traps was missing or damaged, i.e., removed, vandalized, or on the ground, no data were used for the pair that week, nor was the missing treatment re-set for the remainder of the test. By design, this procedure eliminated efficacy measurements over time between treatments placed in the field initially with those placed perhaps weeks after. This eliminates the possibility of variability over time and space, which could influence performance of 1 treatment over another.

Data from Sarasota/Bradenton were analyzed by ANOVA (Proc GLM, SAS Inst.) with numbers of A. suspensa and C. capitata as the dependent variable, and attractant, trapping location (town), time (week of test), tree species in which traps were hung, and all possible interactions as independent variables. Data from Ft. Pierce were similarly analyzed with either the number of male or female A. suspensa captured or the sums of males and females as dependent variables with attractant, time (week of test) and the interaction of attractant and time as independent variables. In the Sarasota/ Bradenton experiment there were significant differences in the numbers of C. capitata captured at the 2 locations in different "host" trees and in different weeks (Table 1, Fig. 1). However, there were no differences between the attractants or in the interactions between attractants and location, time, and tree. Results for A. suspensa were similar (Table 1, Fig. 1). The attractant used had no effect on A. suspensa captures, but trapping location and the species of tree in which traps were hung did have an effect. Unlike the situation with C. capitata, time had no significant effect on capture.

There is no evidence that there is any difference between the Unipak and BioLure dispensers in terms of capture of either C. capitata or A. suspensa. Field tests conducted in Spain in 2006 support the Florida findings in terms of Ceratitis attracted to either the individual dispenser or the Unipak (Navarro-Llopis et al. 2008). Medfly catches in monitoring traps in mass trapping plots with Unipak were comparable to those found in mass trapping plots with the standard 3-component dispenser. Tests were conducted in both high and low medfly populations. Field tests reported by Thomas et al. (2001), Holler et al. (2006), and Jang et al. (2007) were designed to measure the efficacy of the Unipak for either C. capitata or Anastrepha spp. by procedures standard to State/Federal Detection/Delimiting/Eradication and Fly-Free Export Programs. Those authors reinforce our initial goal of providing a user-friendly, time-saving, bait/ trap preparation, bait security, and perhaps cost savings presentation (Unipak) as an alternative to individual dispensers.

The authors thank Robert Sivinski for assistance with statistical analysis and Ms. Joan Fisher, Suterra, Bend, Oregon for providing test materials and guidance.



The combination of putrescine with ammonium acetate into 1 unit had no significant effect on the attractance of Caribbean fruit fly to trap(s) when compared with the individual BioLure dispensers. Additionally, there were no significant differences in attractancy to the Mediterranean fruit fly when the trimethylamine was combined with ammonium acetate/putrescine unit when compared to the 3 individual BioLure dispensers.


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(1) United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, 1600-1700 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

(2) Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, 3479 South US 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34982

(3) United States Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Medfly Sterile Release Facility, 1833 577th Street, Sarasota, FL 34243

(4) United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, 1600-1700 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608

Species                                 Variable       df      F

Ceratitis capitata                  Attractant          1      0.2
  Sarasota/Bradenton                Site                1    503.4
                                    Week                1      3.8
                                    Tree               13      3.2
                                    Attractant*site     1      1.4
                                    Attractant*week     1      0.0
                                    Attractant*tree     4      0.6

Anastrepha suspensa                 Attractant          1      0.0
  Sarasota/Bradenton                Site                1      7.7
                                    Week                1     0.02
                                    Tree               13      2.7
                                    Attractant*site     1      0.8
                                    Attractant*week     1      0.0
                                    Attractant*tree     4      0.3

Anastrepha suspensa Male            Attractant          1      0.1
  Ft. Pierce                        Week                1     43.6
                                    Attractant*week     1     0.02

Anastrepha suspensa Female          Attractant          1      0.3
Ft. Pierce                          Week                1     48.2
                                    Attractant*week     1      0.0

Anastrepha suspensa Male + Female   Attractant          1      0.7
  Ft. Pierce                        Week                1     48.9
                                    Attractant*week     1      0.0

Species                                 Variable          P

Ceratitis capitata                  Attractant            0.68
  Sarasota/Bradenton                Site               <0.0001
                                    Week                  0.05
                                    Tree                0.0001
                                    Attractant*site       0.25
                                    Attractant*week       0.94
                                    Attractant*tree       0.69

Anastrepha suspensa                 Attractant            0.97
  Sarasota/Bradenton                Site                 0.006
                                    Week                  0.87
                                    Tree                0.0009
                                    Attractant*site       0.58
                                    Attractant*week        1.0
                                    Attractant*tree       0.87

Anastrepha suspensa Male            Attractant            0.80
  Ft. Pierce                        Week               <0.0001
                                    Attractant*week       0.89

Anastrepha suspensa Female          Attractant            0.61
Ft. Pierce                          Week               <0.0001
                                    Attractant*week       0.96

Anastrepha suspensa Male + Female   Attractant            0.80
  Ft. Pierce                        Week               <0.0001
                                    Attractant*week       0.97

"*" refers to interaction between variables.
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Title Annotation:Scientific Notes
Author:Holler, Timothy C.; Peebles, Mark; Young, Amy; Whiteman, Lisa; Olson, Shelley; Sivinski, John
Publication:Florida Entomologist
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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