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Take action against fruit fly

Queensland Fruit Flies are currently becoming more active.

Swan Hill Rural City Council has noticed an increase in the reporting of infestation and this is of concern as Queensland Fruit Fly is not only a nuisance for the home gardener but a threat for the horticultural industry.

Narelle Beattie Regional Coordinator Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) is reminding the community to refresh their monitoring traps so they know if Queensland Fruit Flies are active in their gardens.

“People with fruit trees need to make sure fruit is not left to over-ripen on trees or left on the ground.

“The longer the fruit is on the tree the greater chance the fruit will be stung,” she said.

Ms Beattie said people can make smart choices when planning their vegetable patches by selecting plants that don’t host fruit fly.

“You can still enjoy home gardening without the disappointment by growing herbs; leafy greens; root vegetables where the flies won’t lay their eggs,” Ms Beattie said.

“Insect nets are becoming a popular control measure for both fruit and vegetables as it provides a physical barrier,” she added.

“Many community members are also realising that they just don’t have the time to manage their trees and are taking advantage of the GSPFA free host tree removal program,” Ms Beattie said

For more information about managing Queensland Fruit Fly or tree removal community members can call the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area on 5022 0327.