Fruit fly fight depends on you
29 February 2016
Widespread community support for the second mass roll-out of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) traps in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) is vital to ensuring the suppression of QFF numbers.
The Greater Sunraysia PFA Industry Development Committee (IDC) has spear-headed the trapping program in a bid to reduce the impact on the region's export markets, and will co-ordinate the ongoing roll-out this March.
The traps are an important part of a combination of treatments required to effectively suppress pest numbers, and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) fully supports the IDC in its mission.
"It's critical residents hang out the traps," DEDJTR Regional Plant Standards Officer Lauren Donaldson said.
"Controlling QFF in your home garden can minimise damage to your own produce, while protecting Victoria's $2.4 billion horticultural industry," Ms Donaldson said.
"We also ask local residents to remind friends and family visiting over the Easter holidays not to bring QFF host fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Sunraysia PFA," she said.
No one measure will provide full protection. It is recommended that residents use a combination of methods and control efforts, including;
Good garden hygiene: Pick fruit and vegetables as they ripen, strip trees of any unwanted fruit and dispose of fruit that has fallen or is rotten. Place produce in a sealed plastic bag and leave in the sun for five to seven days to destroy QFF larvae. Do not add unwanted fruit to your compost or worm farm or place directly into your rubbish bin.
Regular monitoring: Some types of fruit are attacked by QFF while the fruit is maturing so you should regularly monitor your fruit. To check for QFF, cut open the fruit and look for maggots.
Exclusion: Place physical barriers over trees and plants to prevent QFF reaching the fruit.
Effective options available from your local chemical or hardware retailer include netting, gazebos, bags and sleeves.
Cover spraying: Cover sprays that kill adult QFF on contact and eggs and maggots within the fruit, are available from local chemical or home garden retailers.
Baiting and trapping: Traps and baits intended to kill QFF on contact and eggs and maggots within the fruit, are also available from local chemical or home garden retailers.
For more information about managing QFF visit www.vic.gov.au/qff or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity