Protect your home garden from Queensland Fruit Fly
29 February 2016
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) continues to be active across northern Victoria, so home gardeners are reminded to take measures to protect their produce from infestation. Successful management of QFF depends on active participation from backyard fruit growers along with commercial growers.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Regional Plant Standards Officer Lauren Donaldson says QFF control strategies are most effective when everyone participates.
"Controlling QFF in your backyard will help protect home grown fruit and vegetables, reduce fly numbers in townships and support control efforts undertaken by industry and growers," Ms Donaldson said.
"Backyard fruit such as apples, pears and citrus are attractive to QFF. The good news is there are a number of different control methods people can use in their gardens.
"It is important to note that you need to plan ahead and that no one measure will provide full protection. It is recommended you use a combination of these methods and coordinate control efforts with your neighbours to provide the greatest chance of success."
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 and vegetables 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.
Baiting and trapping: Traps and baits intended to kill QFF before they attack fruit can be
purchased from hardware stores, nurseries and online.
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.
"By controlling QFF in your home garden you can minimise damage to your own produce while contributing to managing fruit fly within your community," Ms Donaldson said.
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