Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tyoni) is a destructive native pest whether you grow fruit and vegetables in your own backyards, manage fruit bearing trees and shrubs in public open space or supply local and interstate markets with commercially grown fruit and vegetables.
So as to prevent the disappointment of discovering our fruit and vegetables infested with maggots the community as a whole must take responsibility for controlling Q-Fly. The Department of Primary Industries have a fantastic factsheet about the Queensland Fruit Fly available here.
Queensland fruit fly (QFly) is a pest that is causing increasing concern in the Young-Harden region as it attacks a wide range of fruit and vegetables, most notably causing maggots in produce. The Young Shire Council’s Fruit Industry Committee would like to better understand how the community in Young and surrounding areas respond to this pest problem. This will assist the Committee to identify appropriate ways to deal with the pest in the future.
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What action is Council taking?
Young Shire Council through the Fruit Industry Committee Young & Harden plays an important role in frontline management of Q-Fly through an annual management program that involves:
The Q-Fly problem is not just a Council issue but a whole of community issue involving the response and co-operation of all urban residents. Outbreaks in the urban areas are common and we need to bring them under control through a whole of community response. By bringing the urban population down we all benefit and take significant pressure off the commercial orchards.
A range of Q-fly control and prevention methods can be used by home gardeners some of which are Trapping so as to monitor Q-Fly activity, Slash baiting to assist in reducing Q-fly numbers and sanitation which involves removing and disposing of fallen fruit. For further information see the Department of Primary Industries QFF: Control Strategies for the Home Gardener fact sheet.
This section is currently under construction.
QUEENSLAND FRUIT FLY CONTROL PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME GARDENER
|CONTROL METHODS||PRODUCTS AVAILABLE & APPROXIMATE COST|
To control & monitor Queensland Fruit Fly
Male Q Fly
Female & Male Q-Fly
For Male Q-Fly
|Bugs For Bugs Mat Cups® - $8 to $9|
A mixture of protein and a registered Insecticide
Ecolure® - Naturalure® (mixture of protein and spinosad) in 150ml, 200ml, 500mm or 1 litre containers treating 20 – 100 trees (Organic) - $30 to $75
Dak Pot® (protein) that is added to an insecticide either called & or containing Maldison® (only to be use if label states that it is registered for use on Q-Fly) - $15 to $20
Yates Naturalure Fruit Fly® being a mixture of protein and spinosad which can treat up to 30 trees (Organic) - $23 to $28
You can download the image below as a PDF directly from the Department of Primary Industries website by clicking here. It is under the QFF Resources section.
Young Shire Council are partnering with Moira Shire Council, Berrigan Shire Council and the Cobram and District Fruit Growers in a community awareness campaign to combat the threat of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in the region.
The No Flies On Us! campaign will help residents and property owners to understand, identify and manage the risk of Queensland Fruit Fly in their home gardens.
"Whether it’s your backyard or an orchard, none of us want the disappointment of discovering fruit and vegetables infested with maggots," said Tony Siciliano, President of Cobram and District Fruit Growers Association.
"But the problem has much greater consequences for our region. From backyards to orchards we have the climate, the soils, the water and the knowledge to grow some of the best and cleanest fruit and vegetables in the world. But we could lose it all if we don’t work together to get on top of the Queensland Fruit Fly problem."
"As an industry we are calling on the local community to partner with us to make sure we all look after our patch," said Mr Siciliano
Moira Shire Mayor Marie Martin said over coming weeks a range initiatives will be rolled out to assist local communities on both sides of the River prepare their gardens.
"No flies on us! is a very appropriate Australian expression that describes someone who is intelligent and able to think quickly. We are calling on our local community to do just that and help us combat the QFF problem," said Mayor Martin.
"The awareness campaign will provide our local communities with information about the wide range of fruits and vegetables that are vulnerable to fruit fly, and some of the management options residents can use to reduce the risk and manage the problem."
QFF activity usually increases in spring as the weather gets warmer, but it’s not limited to a particular season.
"For example citrus trees can host QFF all year round so it’s important all of us understand, prepare and manage our gardens," Mayor Martin said.
Berrigan Shire Councillor John Bruce said the awareness campaign was just one way Councils were responding to the QFF risk.
"We are working with the relevant state departments to assist them identify and respond to abandoned trees and orchards, we are reviewing the trees we plant in parks and along streets and our community awareness campaign will extend to a large scale trapping and monitoring program as we get closer to the risk period," Cr Bruce said.
"We are calling on the community to help too. Some options are as simple as ensuring we pick fruit as it ripens while other options include nets, bags and sleeves to physically stop female QFFs from reaching the fruit. And the ultimate step is to remove unwanted or unmanageable host plants from your garden," Cr Bruce said
|Purchase a Trapping Kit From Council||Information on how you can purchase a trapping kit from Council - UNDER CONSTRUCTION.|
|Build Your Own Trap||Download the PDF to learn how to build your own Fruit Fly trap - UNDER CONSTRUCTION.|
|General Fruit Fly Information Flyer||A informative flyer put together by Young Shire Council about the Fruit Fly - UNDER CONSTRUCTION.|
|Department of Primary Industries website||The DPI have a range of very informative factsheets available on their website for you to download and read.|
|Commonwealth Fruit Fly and the Home Garden Website||This website is an initiative of the draft National Fruit Fly Strategy|