Become a fruit fly fighter

Take up the challenge and learn how to live with Queensland fruit fly

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The Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) challenge will guide you through this fruit fly season, showing you all the tools you can use to protect your fruit.

 

Gardening has proven health benefits. It can relieve stress and improve your mood and physical health. Don't let fruit fly ruin that for you! We can help you enjoy your garden and produce beautiful, clean fruit.

Join a group of like-minded people and sign up to become a fruit fly fighter this year.

Fruit Fly Murray Valley community support officers will coach you though managing your trees for fruit fly and provide you with some of the key resources you need to protect your fruit, including free traps and insect exclusion nets.


What's included in the program?

  • Introduction package including Qfly management resources

  • One-on-one coaching in managing your trees

  • Access to technical expert-led webinars

  • Traps that will be refilled or replaced during the challenge (organic trap options are available if preferred)

  • Two insect exclusion nets, with training on how to use them

  • Optional free tree removal

  • Non Qfly-host vegetable seeds to plant in your garden (e.g. leafy greens, carrots or herbs)

  • Monthly check-ins with a community support officer until end of autumn 2021 

Who is eligible?

 

Home gardeners who:

  • live in town, or on a residential block in rural areas, within Victorian section Fruit Fly Murray Valley

  • have two or more Qfly host trees in your garden

  • are interested in learning how to managing for Qfly.

Here are the great benefits you will receive by becoming a fruit fly fighter:

 

Queensland fruit fly information package

  • To do list, calendar of fruit fly actions, information flyers, magnifying lenses to help identify Qfly

 

Traps

  • Sufficient Qfly female traps and male control devices for your garden that will be refilled or replaced at 3 and 6 months

  • Training on how to use the traps and refill or replace them

 

Insect exclusion netting

  • Two insect exclusion nets (maximum )

  • Training on how to apply nets effectively and how they can be shifted to later maturing fruit trees

 

Evaluation of fruit trees

  • Help with assessing your fruit needs

  • Optional free removal of any unwanted fruit trees

  • One native-shrub tube stock for each tree removed to replenish your garden

 

Vegetable garden

  • Vegetable seeds for non-host plants, including leafy greens, carrots and herbs

 

Access to technical expert-led webinars

Monthly check-ins

  • One-on-one catch ups to check on your progress and help answer any questions for six months.

 

Access to a private Facebook group

  • A space to ask questions, share your experiences and talk with other fruit fly fighters

 

Eating your own beautiful fruit!

AT A GLANCE

 

Receive one-on-one coaching in how to protect your fruit trees from Qfly

 

Receive resources you need to protect your fruit trees, including insect nets and traps.

 

Optional free tree removal and native tube stock to replenish your garden.

 

Access to technical expert-led webinars.

 

Register now or (03) 50 220 327

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“It’s been a real journey of educating me around fruit fly and how it behaves, when it’s likely to be active, and the varieties of trees it might target before it moves on to something else," Sarina Kelly

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Community support officers will provide one-on-one coaching in how to protect your fruit trees from Qfly

Frequently asked questions and eligibility criteria

Find out more about the fruit fly fighter program here

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