Information for Households
Remember, almost every type of fruit and fruiting vegetable is a potential host for fruit fly.
QFF is controllable - but each season there are things to do in your back yard and it is best to use a number of control options to minimise the damage.
Gardens with many different fruit varieties and vegetables that ripen all year round provide ideal conditions for QFF populations to build up.
Control strategies for homeowners need to be applied early and continuously once flies become active in mid-August. It is too late to control once you find larvae (maggots) in the fruit.
Fruit and vegetables provide a place where the adult female fly can lay her eggs. When planning your vegetable garden and fruit orchard choose varieties that are not preferred by QFF and provide a break in ripening to stop eggs being laid.
You may also need to inspect your garden for ornamental fruit that may host QFF. In Sunraysia, QFF has been detected in ornamental (Manchurian) pears, ornamental plums, lilli pilli, prickly pear and even rosehips!
While doing your bit in your own yard helps you to protect and enjoy your own produce, it also helps our horticultural industries and support hundreds of jobs and businesses that rely on horticulture in our region.
QFF control is achievable if you are willing to invest time and effort. Each season there are things you can do to control QFF in your backyard: