Lions swat­ting fruit fly

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

Lions club mem­bers from the Goul­burn and Mur­ray val­leys took part in an in­duc­tion work­shop last Wed­nes­day as part of a fruit fly school ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram roll-out.

The Lions ini­tia­tive, re­sourced by the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Fruit Fly Project, aims to de­velop Queens­land fruit fly aware­ness and trap-mak­ing ses­sions for stu­dents in the re­gion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 15 Lions clubs took part in the train­ing ses­sion in Shep­par­ton, which gave them the skills and in­for­ma­tion needed to de­liver fruit fly train­ing ses­sions at pri­mary schools in their own towns.

‘‘The aim of the pro­gram is to get the mes­sage across that fruit trees and veg­etable gar­dens need to be man­aged — be­cause if they’re not they can be­come in­fested with fruit fly and that be­comes a breed­ing habi­tat,’’ Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Fruit Fly Project co-or­di­na­tor Ross Ab­ber­field said.

‘‘If it’s un­man­aged and un­con­trolled, then fruit fly num­bers can es­ca­late.’’

Mr Ab­ber­field said the fruit fly school ses­sions tar­geted Year 4 stu­dents.

Stu­dents are given in­for­ma­tion about Queens­land fruit fly and then work to con­struct their own traps us­ing plas­tic bot­tles and fun­nels.

They are then given an in­for­ma­tion pack to take home to their par­ents along with the trap, which gives de­tails on how to set up the trap in their back­yard and the steps to take to man­age and pro­tect their fruit and veg­eta­bles if they catch any fruit flies.

Mr Ab­ber­field said the work­shops were crit­i­cal in gen­er­at­ing pub­lic aware­ness about the is­sue

Peter Martin from Fin­ley Lions Club and Sue Loader from Nathalia Lions Club en­joyed mak­ing the fruit fly traps. of fruit fly, which could be eas­ily man­aged when peo­ple knew the ap­pro­pri­ate steps to take.

‘‘Pick, prune and pro­tect, use en­clo­sures or fruit fly net­ting, un­der­stand what baits, sprays and traps are avail­able and know that traps are a mon­i­tor­ing de­vice and they will not solve your prob­lem,’’ Mr Ab­ber­field said.

‘‘If you start catch­ing flies in your traps it’s an in­di­ca­tion you need to take other mea­sures to ac­tion and man­age fruit flies in your home gar­den and the com­mu­nity.’’

Ed­u­ca­tional . . .

Take­aways . . . Drew Gai­ley from Lock­ing­ton Lions Club.

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