Have you found Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in your home grown fruits and veggies this summer?
High risk fruit/vegetables can include stone fruits, tomatoes, capsicums and chillies. The warm and humid weather has created the perfect conditions for QFF to spread and it has been detected in Northcote, Fairfield and Preston already – but it’s not too late to stop it in its tracks!
If you find QFF in your garden, follow these steps:
- Pick all infested fruit, including fallen fruit
- Boil infested fruit or put in a plastic bag and leave in the sun for a week to kill larvae
- Dispose of treated fruit in the landfill bin. Do NOT put in your compost or green waste bin
- Report sightings to Council via the Darebin Councils online form https://au.openforms.com/Form/61b1e8a8-781c-4b93-b3a5-752d32fb588e
- Tell your fruit growing neighbours so the community can keep Darebin fruit fly free!
For more information on how to identify and manage QFF, visit Darebin Councils website http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Darebin-Living/Caring-for-the-environment/Gardening#Queensland-Fruit-Fly