Fruitful traps to stop flies
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.”