Protecting strawberries from pest damage

Strawberries are one of the highest value per-acre crops grown in worldwide with annual yields of huge tons/ acre. As a result, management of insect pests on strawberries is crucial since even minor yield reductions resulting from insect injury can have important economic effects.

Few major strawberry pests are strawberry sap beetles, strawberry thrips, strawberry bud weevil, strawberry root weevil, etc.

Strawberry sap beetles:

Strawberries are the primary host for the strawberry sap beetle. These beetles prefer over-ripe fruit but also readily attack ripening fruit. When the strawberries begin to ripen, sap beetles are attracted into gardens.

Strawberry thrips:

Thrips are one of the devastating strawberry pests that afflict strawberry plantings and enrage gardeners. Thrips usually feed on the strawberry flowers although they may also feed on leaves and fruit. Thrips are most active in the spring, especially once surrounding weeds have dried off.

Strawberry bud weevil:

The strawberry bud weevil is probably one of the most important direct pests of strawberries in the United States. This pest has been shown to cause yield losses from 50 to 100% in some areas. Damage results when females sever the strawberry bud from the pedicel or helm or axis following oviposition, causing it to hang by part of the stem, or fall to the ground, thus, preventing fruit formation.

Strawberry root weevil:

Larvae feed on the roots of strawberry plants and can completely devour small rootlets and destroy the bark and cortex of larger roots. Injured plants often wilt because the roots can no longer provide moisture for leaves.

Australian strawberry growers express import concern

Australian strawberry producers remain concerned as the Dept of Agricultural and Water Resources (DAWR) continues a risk assessment for the importation of Japanese strawberries into Australia.

DAWR received a formal market access request from Japan for strawberries, which is Australia’s northern neighbours highest priority horticultural new market access request.

However, according to Kate Sutherland of Tasmania’s Burlington Berries, who are partnered with the UK’s Hugh Lowe Farms, there remains heightened concern on the potential for major pests such as spotted wing drosophila to enter Australia.

“From our experiences in the United Kingdom, the threat of spotted wing drosophila is very real to Australia,” Kate Sutherland told Fresh Plaza.

“It spread across the United States and Canada within months from 2009/10 and has now spread into Eastern Canada as well.”

To stop the nuisance caused by these pests there is a need of an effective solution and C Tech Corporation has one!

The unique product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive which repels insects.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated with the polymeric applications like wires and cables, pipes, agricultural films etc. to keep the pests at bay.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and lacquer which can be applied topically on the applications.

To keep the insects at the bay Termirepel™ lacquer can be sprayed or coated on the walls of farms, pipes, and other equipment.

The product is also effective against a multitude of other insects and pests like beetles, mayflies, thrips, aphids, etc. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the pests and other insects that could cause damage. Thus, by using TermirepelTM would effectively ensure that the area around us remain safe and protected from the pests for a long period of time.

Why to resort on killing when we can repel them!?

Our product works on the mechanism of repellence. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

In such a way the insects can be repelled and the damage caused by them can be prevented without killing them.

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