Frit fly larvae are yellowish-white in colour and can grow up to 5mm long.
There are usually 3 generations per year, and the third generation which emerges in late August/early September is the most damaging.
Eggs are laid on or near grass plants and the larvae tunnel into the centre of grass and cereal plants causing dead-hearts. They may then move to another tiller or plant, even if the field has been ploughed.
Leaving a gap of 10 weeks between the previous grass crop or grass stubble will reduce the risk significantly.
Having assessed the risk, apply Dursban* WG insecticide at:
Dursban WG gives consistent protection and yield responses averaging 10%. Treatments from mid September will also control early leatherjackets.