Gardeners across Australia have a role to play in preventing fruit fly. In addition to protecting your own fruit and vegetables from being damaged, it is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the population of fruit flies in their local area. Our farmers need help to ensure that they can continue to produce good quality produce while keeping prices down.
There are two troublesome species of fruit fly: Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), present in Queensland, NT, NSW, ACT and Victoria and Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), which is a problem in WA but not in the eastern states of Australia. Only Tasmania and SA are fruit fly free, a status that is maintained with considerable effort.
It is possible to prevent populations of fruit flies becoming troublesome for farmers, but only if all Australians contribute to the effort.
If you grow fruit and vegetables, you have responsibility for controlling and preventing fruit flies.
Find out more about them and how to prevent them on this site.