Euroa Gazette : 2018-12-12

NEWS : 5 : 5

NEWS The Euroa Gazette, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Page 5 D QUEENSLAN FRUIT FLY Y COMMUNIT UPDATE Stop the mobilisation It is important home gardeners intercept Queensland Fruit Flies ( QFF) as they leave their pupal cases and become mobile to look for fruit to infest. This can be achieved by: • fruit or whole plant removal • netting or bagging • baiting • trapping with both male and female targeting traps • spraying with pesticides approved for home garden use Jobs to do now 1. Place out or, if you already have them out, recharge with (new lures) fruit fly traps in your yard. Use both male-targeting and female-targeting traps. 2. Check fruit that is ripening now for infestation and if detected remove fruit and destroy immediately. 3. If QFF have infested fruit and/or numbers in traps build up to 5 QFF per fortnight you should undertake active QFF management such as netting, baiting and tree removal. Using fruit fly baits Fruit fly baits catch females predominantly because they have a greater need for protein than males in order to reach sexual maturity and to assist in egg fertilisation. However, many males will be impacted, especially young ones as they need protein to mature sexually. It is for this reason that an early start to baiting is recommended as it catches more QFF at their immature stages, than later when they are mature and there is plenty of naturally occurring feed present on the landscape. It is recommended to apply fruit fly baits at least 6 weeks before harvest every 7 days until 3 weeks after harvest. Baiting this early increases the chances of: • Catching flies before they can mate and lay eggs • Reducing the summer/ autumn impacts of QFF in crops Fruit fly baits are best applied in 50 to 100 ml splats onto the foliage of evergreen or fruiting trees under the canopy out of the sun. If baits are placed high in the canopy the aromas of the bait will filter down through the foliage and lure flies up onto the bait wherever they are in the tree. Baits do not attract QFF from further than about 10 m so it is best to apply baits to as many positions in the garden as possible. They do not last very long, so it is recommended to apply them every 7 days and more often after significant rainfall. The addition of gelling agents such as xanthan or guar gums can make the bait last up to two weeks. Contact your local farm produce supplier for further information on sourcing your baits. Remember, every female QFF you trap or bait may save you and your neighbours’ crops from up to 800 fruit fly children. light up your Christmas For more information on QFF control, collect an information pack from your Council’s Customer Service Centre. Mirabella LED Solar Fairy Lights Fundedby theVictorianGovernment’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program Saville’s Plumbing & Hardware 30 Railway St, Euroa Ph 5795 2491 [email protected] Shop here for your chance to win 1 of 3 fabulous prizes Total prize value $2,000 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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