Queensland Fruit Fly Information
Queensland Fruit Fly
Populations of Queensland fruit fly have spread across urban Bendigo and a number of small townships. Many residents have experienced damage to their fruit and vegetable crops.
Queensland fruit fly is able to attack many different types of fruits and vegetables and if left uncontrolled, can lead to total crop losses resulting in disappointment for home gardeners.
Queensland fruit fly also poses a serious risk to the horticulture industry.
Agriculture Victoria are the lead authority and extensive information about managing Queensland fruit fly is available on the Agriculture Victoria website: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-insects-and-mites/queensland-fruit-fly/gardeners
The City is working closely with Agriculture Victoria and is also implementing management strategies for its fruit trees in City parks and gardens.
A handy brochure for home gardeners is available on Agriculture Victoria’s website and hard copies of the brochure are also available from City offices in Bendigo and Heathcote.
The Prevent Fruit Fly website, developed by Plant Health Australia for the National Fruit Fly Council, is also an excellent resource for gardeners and commercial producers. http://preventfruitfly.com.au/
Disposal of contaminated fruit
Residents that find fruit fly affected fruit on their property should place all the affected fruit in a double lined plastic bag and leave it in the sun for a week to kill larvae.
This bag should then be placed in the general waste bin. It should NOT be put in the organic green waste bin as the composting process does not kill the fruit fly larvae and there remains the risk of spreading fruit fly to other areas.