Control guide

How to control fruit fly in your garden

Mediterranean fruit flyLike many other home gardeners in Australia, you want to grow and eat your own fresh fruit and vegetables. But perhaps fruit fly are already wreaking havoc in the garden, destroying the very fruits of your labour. Or may be you have heard about the dreaded fruit fly and want to prevent it from being a pest in your garden. Working out the best way to deal with fruit flies can be difficult. And using ineffective strategies wastes your time, energy and money. This guide to fruit fly control gives the information you need to make informed decisions about controlling the pest in your home garden.

WARNING: If you live in South Australia, do not undertake fruit fly control using baits, traps and cover sprays  unless authorised by your local department of primary industries or agriculture (contacts).

NOTE: Tasmania is fruit fly free, so if you suspect you have fruit fly, report it immediately on 1800 084 881.

Topics in this section

Deciding on a control strategy

Steps for you to consider when choosing a fruit fly control strategy.

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Control strategies

Suggests strategies you can use to control and prevent fruit flies in your home garden.

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Larvae control

Guidance on actions you can take if you have discovered fruit fly larvae (maggots) in your crop.

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Advice for less able gardeners

Contains ideas on how you can more easily manage the fruit fly problem in your home garden.

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Lists links to information about the various fruit fly control methods that you can use in the home garden.

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