Since key chemicals used to control fruit flies are now not available, growers need to use Area Wide Management to reduce populations of fruit flies. This involves trapping, protein baiting, orchard hygiene, male annihilation technique, cover spraying and scouting, within a local area. This means that growers and the rest of the community need to be to be fruit fly savvy all year round – not just at harvest time. A regional approach to controlling fruit fly is recommended to encourage your neighbours and wider community to cooperate.
Local grower groups are encouraged to work with their local councils to help educate residential communities about how to manage their gardens against fruit fly. Fruit fly control is everyone’s responsibility.