Friday, April 27, 2018
FIGHTING QUEENSLAND FRUIT FLY… Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional QFF coordinator, Ross Abberfield and newly appointed field officer, Michael Crisera of Fruit Growers Victoria. The field officers positions are funded by the GMV Regional Fruit Fly Program. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Protecting the community from Queensland Fruit Fly

Editor January 10, 2018

FIGHTING QUEENSLAND FRUIT FLY… Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional QFF coordinator, Ross Abberfield and newly appointed field officer, Michael Crisera of Fruit Growers Victoria. The field officers positions are funded by the GMV Regional Fruit Fly Program. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

The regional Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) trapping program has detected a significant upsurge in fruit fly numbers during December and indications are that this increase will continue through January. A coordinated approach to fruit fly management has resulted in the deployment of several field officers across the Goulburn Murray Valley to assess and help manage hot spots as they occur. 

Goulburn Murray Valley Regional QFF Coordinator Ross Abberfield said that under laboratory conditions, a breeding female can lay up to 2000 eggs. “Offspring can potentially breed another generation in less than a month with suitable host fruit and ideal weather conditions, resulting in rapid population increases.

“The appointment of field officers allows for a considerable bolstering of existing resources and is an important step in protecting the region from fruit fly through area wide management,” he said.

In order to prevent our townships becoming breeding grounds for QFF, anyone who grows fruit trees and vegetables should inspect and correctly dispose of contaminated fruit and vegetables before the larvae turn into breeding adults.

Home gardeners are asked to apply a range of control methods such as the use of exclusion netting or fruit bagging, traps and insecticide or bait spray where it is considered appropriate.

The free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program has been extended until the end of February  and provides an opportunity for property owners in residential areas to have unwanted fruit trees removed free of charge. For more information about the program or control measures go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au