Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Help us identify and get on top of Queensland Fruit Fly in Moreland

Queensland Fruit fly has become established as a destructive new pest in Melbourne suburbs and is a serious threat to urban gardeners, hobby farmers and commercial fruit growers alike. The QFF lays her eggs in many common fruits, ‘fruiting vegetables’ and some native fruits. Inside the fruit the growing larvae cause the flesh to rot, making it unsaleable and undesirable to eat. Home gardeners should be on the lookout for fruit fly and can help prevent it spreading. Be aware of the signs fruit fly is in your garden and applying some simple methods to control it. Help is at hand in the form of these FREE on-line Queensland Fruit Fly events
QFF depositing eggs in a tomato. Photo: J. Newman, M. Schultz

1. QFF Management Workshop for Melbourne Home Gardeners Thursday 3 June 12:30 - 1:30pm Online - Register here 

Entomologist Dan Papacek will help you confirm identification, delve into QFF lifecycle and behaviours and look at the management options most suited to home gardeners. Get your questions answered by an expert and make a plan to keep fruit fly under control in your home food garden. 

2. QFF Workshop for Brunswick and Coburg Monday 7 June 7:00 - 8:30pm On-line - Register here 

Bronwyn Koll from AgriBusiness Yarra Valley will provide fruit growers with technical information on QFF impacts, identification, and implications for the future. She will advise on best practices to monitoring and treatment so that we can all play our part in eradicating Queensland Fruit Fly in the region. 

Moreland Council can also arrange for fruit tree owners / home and community gardens to receive a 'No Flies on Us' QFF information pack which contain a variety of brochures including: 
  • QFF ID
  • QFF lifecycle
  • How to make your own trap
  • QFF prevention in the garden
  • Seasonal calendar of backyard jobs
  • QFF baiting 
Contact Moreland's Food System Officer on 9240 2388 to arrange to be sent your information pack.
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