Suspected Queensland Fruit Fly caught in Trawool

Published on 25 February 2019

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With plenty of warm weather ahead of us yet – meaning there’s still fruit ripening – more volunteers are needed in the effort to research the presence of Queensland Fruit Fly in and around Murrindindi Shire.

As part of the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN) Project – supported by Murrindindi Shire Council and Agriculture Victoria – free traps are available for anyone interested in monitoring the presence and number of Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) in their garden or orchard.

Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Sandice McAulay said a community volunteer in Trawool has recently discovered what looks alarmingly like a Queensland Fruit Fly in a backyard trap.

“It’s bad news for farmers and gardeners alike if QFF has made it to our region. As many gardeners know, QFF is an extremely destructive insect which attacks fruit trees and fruiting vegetables, decreasing the plant’s productivity and making its fruit inedible.

“We need to take steps to tackle the problem now before it gets out of hand. But we need more information about QFF presence in our Shire so that we can join in with Agriculture Victoria’s statewide management initiatives. So if you can, please help by getting involved in this project – it’s really easy and doesn’t take up much time, but your contribution could make a big difference,” Cr McAulay said.

“You can collect a free trap and information sheet from any Council office or from the UGLN office at 5/10 High Street in Yea. Once you get it home, you’ll need to install your trap about 1.5 metres above the ground in a tree.

“It’s really important though that you are able to check the trap frequently for the presence of fruit flies. The data collected and reported by volunteers will help to determine what QFF management initiatives happen in the future,” Cr McAulay added.

The QFF Monitoring Program will run for the next couple of months until the weather cools down.

For more information about the Program, phone Murrindindi Shire Council on 5772 0333 or Judy McGill at UGLN on 0418 595 928.