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What Is Male Annihilation Technique

MAT is an economical, non-polluting, non-hazardous, environmently friendly technology that controls bio-invasive fruit fly species thus allowing growers to export their agricultural commodities without fear of contamination. Male annihilation involves the trapping of male fruit flies using a low to medium density of trapping stations, consisting of a male lure combined with an insecticide, to reduce the male population to such a low level that mating does not occur.

Male Annihilation Technique has an Attract and Kill mode of action for fruit fly control that removes male fruit flies, thus reducing the male population. This disturbs the male/female ratio reducing the insect’s chance of mating and producing fewer progeny. As a result, the wild population in the target geographical area declines and the fruit flies are ultimately eradicated.

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