Spot fruit fly in your garden this summer
1 February 2019
With summer well and truly here, home gardeners are being encouraged to learn more about how they can help keep Queensland fruit fly under control.
Agriculture Victoria has released a new online video which will help gardeners monitor home gardens for Queensland fruit fly and keep it under control before it takes over gardens.
Queensland fruit fly is a real menace for home gardeners and commercial growers because it attacks a large variety of fruit and vegetables, making them inedible.
Agriculture Victoria's State-wide Fruit Fly Coordinator, Cathy Mansfield, said lots of great work was taking place across Victoria to tackle Queensland fruit fly but that there was always more to be done.
“This video, Queensland fruit fly in your garden, has been developed to answer one of our most commonly asked questions – how to identify this specific pest in gardens and avoid controlling beneficial flies,” Ms Mansfield said.
“By understanding the lifecycle of Queensland fruit fly and how it behaves, Victorians will have a better chance of controlling it in gardens so that they can enjoy their home-grown fruit and vegetables.
“With Queensland fruit fly now in most parts of Victoria, it’s important that everyone understands they have an important role to play to keep numbers down.”
Queensland fruit flies become more active as the weather warms up and they will target ripening fruit and vegetables including stonefruit, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and citrus.
Home gardeners can monitor for fruit fly using traps and by inspecting fruit and vegetables for sting mark, rot and maggots, which may be hidden inside.
“Other tips for managing Queensland fruit fly in home gardens include netting host plants, removing unwanted fruiting trees and plants, picking up and disposing of unwanted and fallen fruit and applying baits and cover sprays,” Ms Mansfield said.
“Working together to control Queensland fruit fly not only protects home-grown produce, it also reduces their numbers in towns – and this has a flow on effect to protect Victoria’s multi-million-dollar horticultural industries.”
To watch the video and find out more about Queensland fruit fly, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/qff or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Contact Name: Nicole Cairns
Contact Number: 0436 675 030
Categorised under: Biosecurity,Agriculture