QUEENS­LAND FRUIT FLY COM­MU­NITY UP­DATE

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Be part of the so­lu­tion

One fe­male Queens­land Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her life­time (2 months in warm weather). From these eggs it is pos­si­ble for her to pro­duce around 800 ma­ture fruit fly. This is why QFF pop­u­la­tions can ex­plode dur­ing sum­mer and au­tumn. If you can­not man­age the fruit trees on your res­i­den­tial prop­erty, take ad­van­tage of the free tree re­moval of­fer and elim­i­nate po­ten­tial breed­ing grounds. Pick up an in­for­ma­tion pack from your lo­cal coun­cil cus­tomer ser­vice area for an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Queens­land Fruit Fly trap­ping

Over 330 male-tar­get­ing QFF traps have been de­ployed in the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley since 25 May 2017 and are ex­am­ined by trained of­fi­cers ev­ery week. The trap­ping pro­gram al­lows for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of QFF pop­u­la­tion build up and com­par­i­son on sub­se­quent years.

Queens­land Fruit Fly mon­i­tor­ing

Dur­ing De­cem­ber 2018 the usual in­crease in fruit fly num­bers oc­curred. As a com­mu­nity we must take ac­tion in Jan­uary and be part of the so­lu­tion rather than the prob­lem. The post-peak lull in fruit fly trap cap­ture rates in Novem­ber 2018 con­tin­ued for a longer pe­riod than it did last year. This is seen as a pos­i­tive trend and may be due, largely, to com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties such as bait­ing, trap­ping, net­ting and QFF host plant removals. De­cem­ber 2018 trap cap­tures were a lit­tle lower than those of De­cem­ber 2017. This down­turn oc­curred most sig­nif­i­cantly in ur­ban ar­eas of the re­gion and is very good news for the GMV Fruit Fly Pro­gram.

Sim­ple steps to pre­vent the spread of Queens­land Fruit Fly

• Re­move ripe fruit and un­wanted

plants/trees • Use net­ting or bag­ging • Place baits out • Use both male and fe­male tar­get­ing

traps • Spay with pes­ti­cides ap­proved for

home gar­den use

Es­sen­tial ac­tion

1. Place out and if you al­ready have them out recharge (with new lures) fruit fly traps. Use both male­tar­get­ing and fe­male-tar­get­ing traps. Your lo­cal Fruit Fly Co­or­di­na­tor, staff from pro­duce stores and Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria can pro­vide ad­vice on what traps to use and where you can ob­tain them. 2. Check any fruit that is ripen­ing now for fruit fly in­fes­ta­tion. If you find in­fes­ta­tions, re­move and de­stroy fruit im­me­di­ately. 3. If QFF have in­fested fruit and/or QFF num­bers in your traps build up to around 5 QFF per fort­night you should un­der­take ac­tive QFF man­age­ment such as net­ting, bait­ing and tree re­moval. For as­sis­tance man­ag­ing QFF, con­tact (03)5871 9222 or email gmvfruit­[email protected]

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