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Queensland fruit fly in home gardens

Queensland Fruit Fly maggots in fruit

Queensland fruit fly has been reported in home garden summer crops in Mount Alexander.

Queensland fruit fly attacks many different types of fruits and vegetables and if left uncontrolled can lead to total crop losses leading to disappointment for home gardens. It also poses a serious risk to the horticulture and agriculture industries.

Agriculture Victoria is the lead authority on Queensland fruit fly and provides extensive information about management of this pest.

A brochure for home gardeners is available on Agriculture Victoria’s website and hard copies are also available from the Civic Centre.

The Prevent Fruit Fly website also provides advice for home gardeners and commercial producers.

Good gardening practices

• It is important to manage the risk of fruit fly invading your home garden.
• Limit the opportunity for fruit fly attacks by removing ripe fruit from the pant or ground.
• Use nets to protect crops.
• Avoid the spread of fruit fly by treating unwanted fruit and vegetables by microwaving to kill any maggots. Alternatively leave the produce in a sealed bag in the sun for 5-7 days or freezer for two days.
• Don’t dispose untreated produce in your compost or rubbish bins as this may cause an infestation in another area.

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