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
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 QFF 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
Queensland Fruit Fly attacks a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables, leaving them inedible. Managing QFF in your garden can be very challenging. However, there are various strategies you can implement to protect home-grown produce from infestation. This fact sheet outlines how to use insect nets to protect your produce from fruit fly. The use of a physical barrier can stop QFF from laying eggs in your fruit.
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.
"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.”
Yellow plastic BioTraps were provided to urban residents across the Greater Sunraysia region to help monitor and
trap Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) between 2016-2018. These traps can be easily refilled and re-used extending their life, saving you money as well as reducing waste.
Do you know how to tell if your fruit or vegetables are infested with Queensland Fruit Fly and what to do if they area? This fact sheet will describe how to check your fruit and vegetables for fruit fly and what to do if you find larvae.