Home Gardener Survey Results
In June 2022 a survey postcard was sent out to households in four regions of Yarra Valley, Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and Myrtleford and 95 responses were received. The Home Gardener survey included questions about knowledge and management of fruit fly. The results of the survey are provided below. This information will be used to inform both the State and Regional programs communication and planning under the Victorian Fruit Fly Strategy.
How to read these results
Under each question is a summary of the results for that question. Questions were not compulsory and so under each question is the percentage of people who responded and a percentage of who skipped the question. There were some questions that had an automatic skip so for example people who did not know one way to control fruit fly in their garden were not asked what they did to control fruit fly in their garden.
Question 1. Which region do you reside in?
Forty-two percent of respondents live in the Yarra Valley region which includes Yarra Ranges Shire and Nillumbik Shire. Thirty-two percent reside in the Goulburn Murray Valley (including the Shires of Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie and Greater Shepparton City Council). Nineteen percent reside in the Greater Sunraysia area which includes Swan Hill Rural City Council, Gannawarra Shire and Mildura Rural City Council).
A further 7% were from other regional areas and Melbourne and its suburbs.
Question 2. Which of the following best describes your location
Sixty-two percent of responses indicated they lived in the urban/town areas, while 37% were from rural horticultural or rural non-horticultural areas (18% horticultural and 19% non-horticultural). A further 1% were from other non-specified locations.
Question 3. Had you heard of Queensland Fruit Fly before this survey?
Eighty-five percent answered that they had heard of Queensland Fruit Fly prior to this survey and 15% of responses to this question indicated they had not. Those that answered yes or did not answer the question at all continued to Question 4 while those that answered no were directed to Question 5.
Yes onto Question 4. No Skip to Question 5
Question 4. Where did you hear about Queensland Fruit Fly?
Responses included hearing about Queensland Fruit Fly through a pamphlet, tv advertisement or news report, newspaper advertisement/article or an online/internet search. Interestingly at school, growing up or on road trips were other ways people indicated hearing about QFF.
Question 5. Do you grow any fruit or vegetables which can be damaged by Queensland Fruit Fly in your garden?
Eighty-eight percent of the people answering this question said they grew fruit and vegetables in their garden which can be damaged by Queensland Fruit Fly.
Those that did not grow fruit or vegetables (12%) were not required to answer any further questions and were directed to the comments page.
Yes onto Question 6. No skip to comments
Question 6. Do you know one way to control Queensland Fruit Fly in home gardens?
Of those that grow fruit and vegetables that can be damaged by Queensland Fruit Fly 55% indicated they were aware of a way to control the pest.
Baits, disposal of fallen fruit, netting and traps were popular answers amongst those respondents that indicated they did know one way to control Queensland Fruit Fly in their home garden.
Those who answered they were not aware of a way to control Queensland Fruit Fly in the home garden were directed to Question 8.
Yes onto Question 7. No skip to Question 8
Question 7. Have you done anything in YOUR garden to manage Queensland Fruit Fly ?
People who answered that they know one way to control Queensland fruit fly in their home garden were asked if they had done anything to manage Queensland Fruit Fly in their garden. Eighty- three percent said they had done something to manage Queensland Fruit Fly, 11 % had not done anything to manage fruit fly in their garden and the remaining people were unsure. Baits, disposal of fallen fruit, netting, traps and spraying featured amongst the most popular management techniques used with some respondents providing more than one control method.
Question 8. Did you see any Queensland Fruit Fly adults or maggots in your garden last spring, summer or autumn?
Seventy percent of those who responded to this question did not see (49%) or were unsure (21%) of whether they saw Queensland Fruit Fly in their garden. Thirty percent of responses indicated they had seen Queensland Fruit Fly in their gardens last spring, summer or autumn.
Question 9. Do you feel confident that you could manage Queensland Fruit Fly in your garden?
People that were confident that they could manage Queensland Fruit Fly in their garden totalled 31.5 % of the responses to this question however 31.5% were not confident, and 37% were unsure.
No or unsure go to Question 10, if yes skip to Question 11
Question 10. How would you prefer to learn more about managing Queensland Fruit Fly?
Those that were not confident or unsure that they could manage Queensland Fruit Fly indicated that receiving a mailout, searching the internet and watching television advertising were the preferred methods of learning. Other popular choices included attending an online or local workshop, practical demonstrations, and advice from nurseries.
Question 11. Do you have any other feedback about Queensland Fruit Fly in your region?
A range of responses were received in the open comments section and included concern around neighbours who are not managing their gardens, wanting more information, and support for the local programs.
For more information on how to manage Queensland Fruit Fly, visit our Queensland Fruit Fly page.