Medfly eradication efforts are proving to be a
great waste of energy and money. Concentrating on the effect instead of
the cause is wasted effort. Medfly spraying of Malathion or any other
chemical is wasted effort and will not affect the
real cause of the Medfly spreading in southern Calif.
Medfly infestations are spreading through-out the world! Even this is
not the real cause of the Medfly problem. The real cause is chemicals and the
imbalances they have wreaked upon our planets eco-system.
In order to regain balance we must stop relying on chemicals to control our pests but
instead rely more on maintaining a balanced eco- system, diversity rich with bacteria and
enzymes. We must rely on sustainable organic methods of food production. We cannot depend
on chemical control and the loop it causes forever. This system will break down and cause
chaos and disorder,
Re-Education of our farmers, retraining of professionals, re- teaching the teachers, is
necessary. Our children must be taught the best way to grow and enjoy nature. Organics and
the art of living without chemicals must be taught to all of our children and to their
children and made into a way of life.
Stop spraying any kind of chemicals.
Start holding workshops to reach people on the various methods of natural Medfly
Start workshops for farmers who can be affected by the Medfly. Show them natural methods
of Medfly control.
Encourage organic pest control methods with professionals by allowing for a
natural/organic license for those wishing to use only organic methods of pest control.
Encourage more research on developing natural predators.
The best defense is a good offense.
Provide for your property plenty of good rich compost, use only natural fertilizers
Depend on natural predators to keep things under control. There are many natural
predators of the Medfly. Many insects attack the fly and/or its eggs. Birds, toads, and
other predators can keep fly populations down.
Reduced use of chemicals increases functional diversity of life. It is this diversity
that will maintain the balance. DE can be used to control the Medfly. DE can be added to
water and sprayed on the fruit(s) affected by the Medfly. DE can also be sprayed on the
ground around the fruit trees affected. Should be done in the spring.
following formula can be used to spray on most fruits and vegetables to control various
flies, especially the Medfly:
2 drops natural
soap....see 1 below
1 cup Garlic Barrier or Mosquito Barrier or make your own
Mix well in gallon container. Add water to fill. Stir well. Spray on fruit and allow to dry. Can be sprayed directly on
Med flies and
other flies. Will also control beneficials and other insects so be careful where you spray.
1 Cup Food Grade DE into panty hose, tie into a ball. allow to sit in 5 gallons water. Squeese the ball to allow some of the DE to get into the water. It shoud turn it milky. remove the DE ball, add a few drops natural soap and spray.
Such as Peppermint soap, Insecticidal soap, Citrus soap, Coconut Oil soap,
Shaklee's Basic H (any natural soap will do, experiment for best results).