Queensland Fruit Fly in Yarra Ranges - what you can do
Saturday 7 October 2023 at 10:30AM
Queensland fruit fly (QFF) has been detected in Yarra Ranges and across Melbourne. QFF typically goes unnoticed until you find maggots in your fruit or vege. If left uncontrolled this pest could destroy our ability to produce fresh fruit and vegetables in our backyards. But there are things you can do to monitor for, and help control QFF, once you know what to look for.
Our presenter, Kirsty Bishop-Fox discovered fruit fly maggots in her home-grown peaches in February 2019. She has put in measures to monitor this and while she hasn’t had it back, there have been detections in surrounding areas. Everyone with an edible garden needs to be aware of QFF because there is nothing worse than finding maggots in your homegrown fruit and veggies.
In this informative workshop, we’ll cover
– how to identify QFF in fruit
– how deter or manage QFF in your garden
– how to dispose of QFF when you do find it in your fruit or vegetables
Plus, we’ll show you how to make a cheap and effective detection trap out of reclaimed materials that are easy to come by.
Agribusiness Yarra Valley is supporting this free workshop to enable early detection and pest management, so we can work together to manage QFF and keep it from devastating our community gardens, commercial growers and backyard harvests.
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