Spotted-wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae), is a key pest of many berry and fruit crops worldwide. The primary method of controlling this pest is the application of insecticides. Attract-and-kill is a management tactic that may reduce the number of insecticide applications needed to manage D. suzukii. ACTTRA SWD OR1 and ACTTRA SWD TD, developed by ISCA Technologies Inc., combine D. suzukii attractants with a gel matrix. Growers add an insecticide as a killing agent. The only USDA National Organic Program approved organic insecticide that has been shown to be effective as a killing agent is spinosad. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of other USDA National Organic Program approved organic insecticides, including Grandevo 30 WDG (Chromobacterium subtsugae strain PRAA4-1 30%), MBI-203 SC2 (C. subtsugae strain PRAA4-1 98%), Venerate XC (Burkholderia spp. Strain A396 94.45%), MBI-306 SC1 (B. rinojensis Strain A396 94.45%), Azera (azadirachtin 1.2% + pyrethrins 1.4%), and PyGanic (pyrethrins 1.4%), when used as the killing agent with the two ACTTRA SWD products. Lab and cage bioassays were conducted. Entrust (spinosad 22.5%) and PyGanic were the only compounds that showed some efficacy when used with ACTTRA SWD OR1 and ACTTRA SWD TD.
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