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Queens­land Fruit Fly in July

Win­ter has hit the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley (GMV) and male Queens­land Fruit Fly (QFF) num­bers in traps are down to low lev­els. Win­ter trap­ping with pro­tein-based traps should be placed in a spot that catches the morn­ing sun, high in the canopy of ever­green trees or the warm­est po­si­tion in the yard. Lemon trees are par­tic­u­larly favoured by QFF to over­win­ter in. It is still ad­vis­able to pick up fallen fruit and har­vest late-hang­ing fruit just in case they are sit­u­ated in a po­si­tion warm enough for QFF sur­vival. Such or­chard hy­giene is use­ful for other rea­sons, too, such as re­duc­tion in fun­gal pathogen load in the gar­den.

What can you do now, in July 2018, to re­duce fruit fly buildup next spring?

From now on, have a close look at what plants might have fruit on them in early spring and, if you can, pull them out or at least pull their fruit off. This in­cludes fruit­ing weeds, hedge plants, fruit trees with late-hang­ing fruit (e.g. navel or­anges). If there are road­side or creek-bank rogue plants such as apri­cots and lo­quats, please let Coun­cil know about them and ask that these plants be re­moved. You can also ap­ply through your Coun­cil to have un­wanted fruit trees in your back­yard re­moved free of charge, be­fore they fruit next sea­son.

It’s a com­mu­nity ef­fort

It is likely that im­proved fruit fly man­age­ment pro­grams set up around the GMV since mid-2017, such as com­mu­nity aware­ness workshops and pro­grams, QFF host plant re­moval, greater use of traps, baits and net­ting and the de­struc­tion of un­wanted fruit may im­pact QFF num­bers com­ing into next sea­son. If these ac­tiv­i­ties have im­pacted the QFF prob­lem we hope to see re­duced QFF num­bers next sea­son. Check our web­site for workshops and ac­tiv­i­ties in your area dur­ing our “No Flies On Us Week” com­menc­ing 27 Au­gust 2018.

For as­sis­tance man­ag­ing QFF, con­tact the GMV Fruit Fly Co­or­di­na­tor, Ross Ab­ber­field by phon­ing (03) 5871 9222 or email­ing gmvfruit­fly@moira.vic.gov.au

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