Queensland Fruit Fly Project
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) attack and damage a wide range of fruit and vegetables and is recognised as a serious pest across the Goulburn Murray Valley and Moira Shire. When fruit is attacked it is inedible.
The spread of QFF poses a serious threat to the region’s horticulture industry along with domestic and international trade opportunities. A range of fruit and vegetables are at risk of infestation, including pome fruit, stone fruit, tomatoes, berry fruits, cherries, citrus and grapes.
A collaborative approach between industry, all levels of government and community is required to effectively manage the pest and reduce its spread. Home gardeners and producers should treat QFF on their property through a range of management methods as you would for any other pest.
A wide variety of products to control flies and protect fruit from damage are available from nursery, chemical resellers and hardware stores.
How can we help?
It is essential that people implement control measures such as setting traps and using netting to provide a physical barrier to stop female QFF reaching fruit and laying its eggs. In addition to this, other key preventative actions include baiting or spraying if appropriate and understanding the importance of good garden hygiene.
The removal of fruit trees should be considered if you have unwanted trees in your residential yard. The free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program is available to Moira Shire residents. Trees are removed and disposed of by a registered and insured private contractor at no cost to the property owner as part of the program. Due to the high demand for this program there is currently a backlog and there will be temporary delays in the removal process. This is not an issue of concern as your application will be processed at the earliest opportunity and will not expire. Contact GMVRFF Group for a copy of the Free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Application Form.
The Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Group was activated in 2016 to strengthen fruit fly management across the region. Area Wide Management measures and strategies have been funded by the Victorian Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grant Program.
For more information about what you can do to help reduce the spread of QFF, pick up an information pack from our Customer Service Centre or go to Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Group's website.