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Plan your Veggie Garden to avoid Qfly

15 September 2021 

More Sunraysia home gardeners have been finding their tomatoes and other fruiting vegetables infested with Queensland fruit fly.

 

As the weather warms up and Qfly populations become active and continue to increase, the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) expects to hear more reports of the pest wreaking havoc in backyards across the region.

 

But there are many veggies and herbs that won’t attract fruit fly, making it easier for gardeners to enjoy fresh seasonal produce.

The GSPFA has created a video to help people plan their veggie garden, now available as part of a suite of videos designed to help home gardeners manage Qfly. 

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Video supporting growers with fruit fly management

21 May 2021 

A new video to help horticulturists to take up the most effective management strategies for Queensland Fruit Fly is being launched at the Mildura Field Days this week.

 

The video was created by the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area in response to interest from growers about getting more information about the best techniques for controlling the pest.

 

“Managing Queensland Fruit Fly has become part of the annual vineyard and orchard management regime for growers, so adopting processes that are efficient and effective is critical,” GSPFA Regional Coordinator Narelle Beattie said.

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Reaping the sweet rewards

30 March 2021 

Joe Tartaglia is encouraging fellow Kerang residents to consider removing their fruit trees to help control Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) across the region.

 

By being diligent with Qfly management in their own backyard, Joe and his wife Beryl have successfully kept the pest out of their fruit this year.

 

Joe said they’re willing to put in the work because they love picking fresh fruit to eat or bottle.

 

“We have lots of trees – three citrus, two plums and one large apricot ¬– because we enjoy eating our own tasty fruit rather than buying it from the shops,” he said

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Stone fruit growers commended for fruit fly focus 

26 February 2021 

Stone fruit growers have been praised for their attention to Queensland Fruit Fly in what has been a difficult and busy season.

Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Regional Coordinator Narelle Beattie said most stone fruit growers across the region had been consistent with techniques such as bait spraying to control fruit fly.  

“Stone fruit growers have led the way in adopting practices such as monitoring and bait spraying and these techniques are now embedded and part of everyday activity. We are seeing the benefit of that, through very few fruit fly problems this year,” she said.

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Call to action as fruit fly season hots up 

08 January 2021

Although the benign start to the northern Victorian summer has been welcome, householders and commercial fruit growers are being warned that Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) activity is hotting up.

The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) says the mild conditions have seen the Qfly season take off in the past few weeks. 

To register for free tree removal, or for advice and tips to help you in your garden or how to access traps contact the GS PFA on (03) 5022 0327.

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An easy way to spring clean your garden 

10 November 2020 

You’ve spring cleaned your home – now what? Spring is also a great time to freshen up your garden and get it in shape for the warmer months ahead.

 

Maintaining and planning your garden is the key to keeping out Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) – and the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) is here to help.

The free tree removal program is still available for Victorian residents in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area* – contact (03) 5022 0327 or apply via the here

*conditions apply

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Autumn is not the time to relax on Queensland Fruit Fly

29 April 2020

Autumn is the best time to clean up Queensland Fruit Fly and get a jump start on the pest for spring – and the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) staff are here help.

Entomologist assisting GSPFA Andrew Jessup advises that the best way to reduce the impact of Queensland Fruit Fly on fruit and vegetables next season is to clean up now. 

To register for free tree removal,  or for advice and tips to help you in your garden or how to access traps contact the GS PFA on (03) 5022 0327.

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Fruit fly program reaches milestone

16 March 2020 

The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area recently removed the 7000th tree through our free program. The tree – a very large white mulberry tree – was 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. 

The free tree removal program is still available for Victorian residents in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area* – contact (03) 5022 0327 or apply via the here

*conditions apply

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Swan Hill resident winning fight against fruit fly

6 February 2020

When Allan Bryce moved into his new home in Swan Hill about a year ago, he discovered that it also came with a lot of Queensland fruit fly.


As a “big-city boy”, Mr Bryce didn’t know the first thing about fruit trees, let alone how to manage a fruit fly infestation.


But with support and guidance from Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) field officer Tricia Witney, he has managed to keep fruit fly out of his garden.

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Fruit Fly success a sweet inspiration to Kerang community

21 February 2020

Kerang’s Community Garden is being hailed as a local success story in the fight against Queensland Fruit Fly – and local residents have a chance this Friday to find out more on how they can reap the rewards of managing their gardens successfully.


Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GS PFA) and Kerang Community Garden have been working together on managing fruit fly – and the community garden has been rewarded with kilograms of fresh, clean fruit.


GSPFA Regional Field Officer for Kerang area Patricia Witney said although managing fruit trees against fruit fly can be difficult, the community garden’s experience was evidence that it can be done.

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Action required now to protect crops from fruit fly  

6 November 2019

As Queensland fruit fly populations begin to build up across north-west Victoria, now is the time for growers to implement season-long control strategies.


About 2,500 fruit flies were trapped in the region from Robinvale down to Swan Hill and the surrounding areas in September this year. This is about half the number of flies trapped during September in the peak fruit fly years of 2015 and 2016.


However, according to entomologist Andrew Jessup, now is not the time to be complacent as numbers can build up quickly.

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Spring into action against fruit fly 

02 September 2019

The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area is reminding everyone to refresh their monitoring traps with the start of spring so you know if Queensland Fruit Flies are active in your garden.

 

With the days starting to warm up Queensland Fruit Fly are starting to become more active in their search for food. The flies have used up most of their energy reserves over winter and they need to find some protein in a hurry so they can starting mating and laying eggs again.


Keep a eye on winter fruits like mandarines, limes, lemons, olives, avocadoes and navel oranges. 

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