Male Annihilation Technique (MAT) Concept

Fruit flies are one of the world’s most destructive horticultural pests and pose risks to a wide range of commercial fruit and vegetable crops. The male annihilation technique (MAT) uses a simple concept of placing a large enough number of semiochemical devices in a specific area to attract and kill enough males to leave the females of the species without mates.


Targeted insect:
Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly)

PheroMAT™ is our male annihilation technique (MAT) device, designed specifically to target male Oriental fruit flies, particularly on mangoes.

PheroMAT™ uses compressed fibreboard blocks (50 mm x 50 mm x 12.7 mm), impregnated with a male Oriental fruit fly attractant (methyl eugenol), combined with a contact insecticide (malathion).


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Application & Installation

Application per hectare for the suppression of Oriental fruit fly within an orchard

Application rate / hectare

  • 12 – 16 pre-baited stations / hectare. One per 625 – 833 square meters
  • Replace every 6 – 7 weeks in cooler months and 5 – 6 weeks during warmer months
  • Place 1.5 – 1.7m above ground level and hang 200 – 300 mm into tree line on shady side of plant canopy and evenly distributed as per diagrams