Choosing the right control strategy
Fruit fly area wide management needs to be carried out by the whole community to be effective. Home gardeners with a fruit tree or vegetable patch have a key role in protecting the region against Queensland fruit fly. No one action will effectively eliminate fruit fly. A combination of management activities is required to protect home produce and commercial growers against the pest.
The effective management of Queensland fruit fly relies on a high level of both awareness and participation from home gardeners. Early detection allows for the activisation of necessary control strategies and is essential in limiting population explosions. Fruit fly activity generally increases in spring as the weather gets warmer, however is not restricted to a particular season. Vigilance from home gardeners and the broader community is required all year round.
Fruit flies can easily move between crops and from one location to another, so a fruit fly problem in your backyard can quickly spread to nearby properties and orchards. If fruit fly is a problem in your home garden or backyard, let your neighbours know, so they too can be on the look out and take action.
A wide range of products to control flies and protect fruit from damage are available from nurseries, chemical resellers and hardware stores.