Knowledge is power
Here we have compiled some case studies of commercial growers and home gardeners to share in their successes and to offer hope to those that feel like controlling
Queensland Fruit Fly on their property is a hopeless case.
In recent years Queensland Fruit Fly has become widespread throughout the region and many gardeners have been distressed at losing their home grown fruit to fruit fly each year.
The 7000th tree – a very large white mulberry tree – was recently removed from Ann Grivec’s property
in Mildura. While Ms Grivec loved the tree, it had become a big problem and she was unable to manage it.
Free tree removal helping after years of disappointment
Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area’s free tree removal program has been successful in helping residents who have struggled to manage their trees for Queensland fruit fly (QFF).
Kathy O’Donnell planted a Nectarine tree five years ago with the vision of one day walking out her backdoor, picking and enjoying her own beautiful Nectarines. However after years of not one piece of edible fruit, Kathy’s disappointed had turned into incredibly frustrated and the free tree removal program was just want she needed.
Working together to protect our crops
Working together is the key to reducing QFF populations across the region, according to Sunraysia growers.
Stone fruit growers Michael Tripodi and Paul Mobilio said fruit fly could be managed using the right control strategies, but it was important that all growers were doing something. “We need to work as a community, and as a collective of growers, to make sure we’re doing the best job we can to control fruit fly on our properties, and to let each other know if there’s something new to be aware of,” Michael said.
Read the case study for more about how Michael and Paul control fruit fly on their properties.
Beating fruit fly with exclusion netting
Kathryn Stevens was over the moon this summer when she picked peaches for the first time in years. Queensland fruit fly had destroyed all her family’s stone fruit over the past few years, so they had all but given up.
"We had stopped watering the fruit trees as much because we thought we didn't have a chance," Kathryn said. But with the help of Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area field officer Matthew Capp, Kathryn was able to trial an exclusion net to keep fruit fly out and protect her fruit. To read the full story click here
When Allan Bryce moved into his new home in Swan Hill, he discovered that it also came with a lot of Queensland fruit fly. Find out how Allan managed to eat beautiful fruit this year after taking advice on Qfly management from Tricia Witney, who is a Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area field officer in the Swan Hill region. To read the full story click here
Sam Oresti is winning the battle with QFF by reducing the number of host trees he has and using insect nets to keep QFF away from the remaining trees. “We just had too many trees to look after each year - it was becoming a losing battle against Queensland Fruit" said Sam. Story here
"God that's good!" Dave Randell, caretaker of the Kerang Community Garden, is ‘over the moon’ about his stone fruit this year. These trees were destined to be bull-dozed, when our field officer Tricia Witney paid a visit to the garden in June 2018. “I couldn’t have done it without Tricia.” Story here