Melon Fly, Dacus / Bactrocera cucurbitae

The Melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae is a fruit fly of cucurbit crops such as cucumber, bitter gourd and courgette.

Russell IPM have developed biorational solutions to this pest. The melon fly is native to tropical Asia and has spread to Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Kenya, Tanzania and the Mauritius.

Russell IPM manufacture and supply pheromone lures, traps and complete monitoring systems for the melon fly Bactrocera cucurbitae. Accurate monitoring is essential to minimise damage and protect crops. Therefore, installation of pheromone traps will ensure you are alerted to the presence of unwanted pests at an early stage, detecting the insects before they become a major problem and enabling timely and effective treatment.

Dacus / Bactrocera cucurbitae, Melon Fly
  • Bitter melon
  • Winter melon
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Bottle gourd
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Squashes
  • Zucchini/Courgette
  • Togan
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Melon fruit flies are highly invasive insect pests occurring on more than 100 host species. If left untreated are capable of causing complete harvest failure in crops such as melon, squash, tomato, beans, aubergine, pepper and cucurbits. It has a prolific reproductive rate and year-round egg-laying (approximately 10 generations per year), making Bactrocera cucurbitae an important crop pest that must be monitored for and managed continuously. The implementation of Flycatcher traps or Tephri traps with Bactrocera cucurbitaeattractants to form the basis of an IPM strategy.