Fruit­ful traps to stop flies

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

BALONNE Shire Coun­cil is tack­ling the is­sue of fruit flies in the re­gion by in­stalling bright yel­low plas­tic con­tain­ers in the trees of St Ge­orge.

In part­ner­ship with the St Ge­orge Fruit Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the fruit fly bait pro­gram has been run­ning since 2009 and has proved a long-run­ning suc­cess.

The yel­low con­tain­ers mimic the fruit pro­tein and at­tracts male and fe­male flies while con­tain­ing an in­sec­ti­cide.

Cr Di Francesco said the con­tain­ers would ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“It will mean that the grow­ers will have less fruit fly lar­vae and will help the fruit in­dus­try in the re­gion.

“We have placed them in all coun­cil trees on the foot­path and out of reach of chil­dren.

“We ask the com­mu­nity not to touch the con­tain­ers if they see one.

“The coun­cil thanks the work camps who have sup­plied the labour for the traps.”

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