cherry fruit flies

Asked May 11, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

I have two cherry trees. Before the cherries started to turn yellow I turned the ground over under the trees and then sprayed the ground with Malathion in the hopes of killing the fruit flies before they emerged. I am wondering if this action could have disrupted their life cycle.

I just purchased some Captain Jacks Dead Bug with Spinosad and am planning to spray if I need too. Some of my cherries are ripening already.

Contra Costa County California

1 Response

I understand you effort to control Drosophila in your cherry tree, but just spraying isn't the answer. What you need is an integrated pest management approach from the UC Davis extension office or your local Master gardener program.
Drosophila suzukii, is a issue that needs a research based plan.