Fruit fly information shared at field days

By Country News

Visitors to the recent Elmore Field Days had the opportunity to learn more about Queensland fruit fly and the steps everyone can take with the arrival of spring to help prevent the spread of the pest.

The ‘No Flies On Us’ message was loud and clear for those passing the Queensland fruit fly education desk.

Goulburn-Murray Valley regional fruit fly co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said crowds at the three-day event were responsive to the information on display, with nearly one thousand information packs, showbags and giveaways distributed to visitors.

‘‘This was an opportunity to educate those attending the field days that there are a few simple steps that make a real difference to minimising the spread and devastating effect of fruit fly,’’ Mr Abberfield said.

‘‘There was strong interest in the project offer of free fruit tree removal which has now been extended to include urban, peri-urban and rural residential properties,’’ he said.

Home gardeners are reminded now is the time to position traps in yards and recharge with new lures on existing traps.

It is also important to check ripening fruit for fruit fly infestation and, if infestation is detected, remove and destroy fruit.

■For more information on fruit fly control or the free fruit tree removal program, collect an information pack from your local council.