The Directorate of Rural Economy and Veterinary Affairs announces to interested olive growers that immediately following the expected bad weather next week, bait spraying will be carried out on the communities included in the 2019 Dacus Program.
Recalling this year’s peculiarity in terms of weather conditions in summer, namely high temperatures as well as low relative humidity, sufficient conditions that allowed no significant damage in early autumn and the population of the dacus being relatively low and imited.
However, since the beginning of September, the weather has changed and rainy days are present where humidity is now favorable for the dacus fly to multiply. Autumn in general, because of its favorable weather conditions and the abundance of susceptible fruit infestations, during a time in which populations of dacus develop as in no other season.
We believe that because no significant infestations have been observed in the olive groves and the placing of dacus traps are small, bait spraying will help to keep the population of dacus low until the end of the harvest, with no significant infestation caused on the olives.