Keep­ing flies at bay

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CIT­RUS grower Mark Trott is vig­i­lant when it comes to fruit flies.

Mr Trott runs Lus­cious Cit­rus in Mun­dub­bera and made sure bait sprays were used reg­u­larly to keep the pest at bay.

The protein based spray is mixed with in­sec­ti­cide and spot sprayed on trees.

Im­ma­ture fe­male fruit flies seek the bait out for food to de­velop their eggs and in­gest the in­sec­ti­cide.

“Fruit flies can be a prob­lem if you don’t keep up with bait­ing,” Mr Trott said.

“The rain we had washed some of the bait off and we have reap­plied it and do that weekly.”

The Queens­land fruit fly threat­ens the coun­try’s $6.9 bil­lon fruit in­dus­try.

Kumbia stone fruit and av­o­cado farmer Den­nis Dugdell knows this all too well and has a con­trol regime on his farm to re­duce the dan­gers of the fruit fly to his crops.

“Any out­break of fruit fly would be dev­as­tat­ing,” Mr Dugdell said.

“It’s a prob­lem, but not as bad as on the coast,” Mr Dugdell said.

Thir­teen mon­i­tor­ing units across his farm trap fruit flies and are used to mon­i­tor and iden­tify out­break ar­eas.

“We have iden­ti­fied fruit flies on the bor­der of the farm clos­est to the town (north east),” Mr Dugdell said.

“That is clos­est to the coast. They come in on the wind.”

About 300 lure units are also spread around the farm that kill the male fruit fly.

The farm has 20 acres of stone fruit un­der netting, which is an­other tool in the fight against the pest.

The netting is sprayed with a protein mixed with a chemical.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

VIG­I­LANT: Cit­rus grower Mark Trott knows the im­por­tance of keep­ing fruit flies at bay.

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