Fruitspotting Bug Control
© Frances Michaels
This pest is a native sap-sucker and often attacks orchard trees close to bushland.
Suggested Organic Strategies
- Careful re-design is needed to increase diversity, often there is a lack of understorey in the nearby
bush, which would normally be a habitat for natural predators of the bug. A thick planting of native
shrubs between the bush and the orchard, or around the orchard boundary will create niches for longer-lived
predators of bugs such as birds, spiders, assassin bugs, tachinid flies, chalcid wasps and ground beetles.
The shrubs also act as a physical barrier to flying insects.
- Cover cropped orchards support more soil dwelling predators and generally have a lower number of pests
than bare or grassed orchards.
- Improve the habitat for birds by providing safe nest sites, food and water.
- Poultry may also help, so keep either chooks, guinea fowl or ducks as they all eat large numbers of
insects. Guinea fowl are a lot more feral than chooks, roost in trees at night and may be better at catching
flying insects like the Fruitspotting bug.
- Small ponds encourage useful predators of insects such as frogs and dragonflies, which need water to breed.
- To encourage beneficial insects, it is important to avoid the use of pesticides wherever possible.