Queensland Fruit Fly

Australians plan to eliminate pest

As part of a coordinated approach to protecting the region against Queensland Fruit Fly, field officers have been positioned across the Goulburn Murray Valley. Their deployment allows for the immediate management of fruit fly hot spots as they occur.

The regional Queensland Fruit Fly trapping program had detected a significant upsurge in fruit fly numbers during December, and indications suggested the increase would continue through January and February. To prevent towns becoming breeding grounds for the pest, anyone who grows fruit trees and vegetables should inspect their ripening produce and correctly dispose of contaminated fruit and vegetables before the larvae turn into breeding adults.

‘‘Any fruit and vegetable in the home garden that has been infested with fruit fly should be destroyed by placing it in the freezer or microwave, or alternatively by placing it in a sealed plastic bag and leaving it in the sun for five to seven days to kill any maggots prior to disposal,’’ says QFF coordinator Ross Abberfield according to riverineherald.com.au.

Home gardeners are asked to apply a range of control methods such as the use of exclusion netting or fruit bagging, traps and insecticide or bait spray where it is considered appropriate. Property owners with unwanted fruit trees in residential yards have until the end of February to apply to have them removed at no cost through the urban fruit tree removal program.

The program has been extended in response to continued high demand and has helped reduce the spread of fruit fly by eliminating potential breeding grounds found in unattended fruit trees and rotten fruit.

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