No Flies On Us – help reduce the spread of Queensland Fruit Fly
Published on 11 September 2020
Spring has arrived! And after waiting out a wetter and warmer winter, the Queensland Fruit Fly will start to become active again soon.
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is an insidious pest that lays its eggs in a wide range of host fruits, including major crops of stone fruit, tomatoes, cherries, citrus and grapes. These eggs become maggots within the fruit, spoiling the fruit and making it inedible. Not only can this be problematic for our backyard harvest, but also a significant threat to our commercial operators within the region.
Murrindindi Shire Council’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Rebecca Bowles is urging community members to take action to help reduce the spread of QFF.
‘We all have a role to play in the control of QFF. Understanding the threat and taking the necessary steps to educate yourself is crucial to protecting our horticulture industry.
‘For the last two years, Council and Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN) have run a QFF monitoring and trapping program, which resulted in several confirmed captures.
‘These captures occurred in Yea, Murrindindi and Trawool areas. However, we expect that QFF is more widespread within our Shire than just these locations, so we need to make it as hard as we can for the pest to multiply. Residents who are already involved in the Program and have received a trap, can get in touch with Council or UGLN to receive another lure to replace the original one (which has a lifespan of 3 months once opened).
‘If you want to find out more about this pest and how you can help manage its spread, Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator, Ross Abberfield, has put together a fantastic ‘No Flies on Us’ information pack. If you’d like one of these packs, you can give Council a call on 5772 0333 and we will get a pack to you. You can also call UGLN on 0418 655 474 and a pack will be posted to you. Once restrictions ease, you can also collect a pack from a number of different locations in our Shire, including garden centres and hardware stores.
‘I’d also recommend tuning in to Gardening Australia at 7.30 pm on 19 September, where they’ll be discussing QFF and providing some practical tips for managing this destructive pest’, added Cr Bowles.
For more information about QFF and the ‘No Flies On Us’ campaign, please visit gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au