Help halt Queensland fruit flies

Monday, 5 February 2018

Moonee Valley City Council has had reports of Queensland fruit fly in the local area and is urging residents to take steps to protect their garden produce.

Fruit flies are a serious pest, which when left uncontrolled, can destroy many different types of fruits and vegetables.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr John Sipek, advised that they could be eradicated if caught early.

“I strongly encourage residents to monitor the types of insects around their plants and stay vigilant in garden maintenance.

“If we work together as a community, we can not only manage the problem in our own backyards but support wider control efforts across the state,” Cr Sipek said.

Planning and Environment portfolio holder, Cr Nicole Marshall, said there are a number of ways residents can protect their produce.

“Removing unwanted produce, harvesting early, covering trees with nets or bags, or baiting and spraying can discourage fruit flies.

“Working with your neighbours to combine monitoring with several management strategies is the best way to control this potentially damaging pest,” Cr Marshall said.

Council reminds residents not to travel with home-grown host fruits as this carries a high risk of spreading the pest to other areas.

Heavy fines apply if you are caught taking host produce into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area.

Visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information on how to protect your garden produce and stop fruit flies from spreading.

Media enquiries:

Siobhan Coughlan, A/Coordinator Media and Issues

Phone: 03 9243 1645; Mobile: 0419 507 339; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

 

Last updated: Monday, 9 April 2018, 4:48 AM