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Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tyoni) is a destructive native pest whether you grow fruit and vegetables in your own backyards, manage fruit bearing trees and shrubs in public open space or supply local and interstate markets with commercially grown fruit and vegetables.

So as to prevent the disappointment of discovering our fruit and vegetables infested with maggots the community as a whole must take responsibility for controlling Q-Fly. The Department of Primary Industries have a fantastic factsheet about the Queensland Fruit Fly available here.

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Queensland fruit fly (QFly) is a pest that is causing increasing concern in the Young-Harden region as it attacks a wide range of fruit and vegetables, most notably causing maggots in produce. The Young Shire Council’s Fruit Industry Committee would like to better understand how the community in Young and surrounding areas respond to this pest problem. This will assist the Committee to identify appropriate ways to deal with the pest in the future.

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What action is Council taking?

Young Shire Council through the Fruit Industry Committee Young & Harden plays an important role in frontline management of Q-Fly through an annual management program that involves:

  • Trapping & monitoring of male Q-Fly using 25 DPI Lynnfield traps throughout Young
  • Slash baiting in response to trapping more than 2 Q-fly in a single trap over a 14 day period
  • Controlling male Q-Fly through (Male Annihilation Techniques) placing M.A.T. killer pads throughout all urban streets
  • Commenced a program to remove all wild fruit trees that are growing upon it’s rural road network so as to remove host plants that aid the movement of Q-Fly
  • Assist in providing the community with information to managed Q-Fly

The Q-Fly problem is not just a Council issue but a whole of community issue involving the response and co-operation of all urban residents. Outbreaks in the urban areas are common and we need to bring them under control through a whole of community response. By bringing the urban population down we all benefit and take significant pressure off the commercial orchards.

A range of Q-fly control and prevention methods can be used by home gardeners some of which are Trapping so as to monitor Q-Fly activity, Slash baiting to assist in reducing Q-fly numbers and sanitation which involves removing and disposing of fallen fruit. For further information see the Department of Primary Industries QFF: Control Strategies for the Home Gardener fact sheet.

 

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