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