Fruit Fly Control in Your Garden

Diptera : Tephritidae

Fruit Flies are Australia’s most serious fruit pests. The most widespread species of Fruit Fly is the Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tryoni), a native insect, which is found in all states of mainland Australia except Western Australia.

Western Australian gardeners must contend with the introduced Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata), also known as ‘medfly’, which has not established in eastern Australia, but does occur seasonally in South Australia.

Both species attack a wide variety of fruits, including citrus, stone, pome, tropical fruits and some fruiting vegetables. Restrictions apply to the movement of fruit between various states and territories, to control the spread of both these species of Fruit Fly. Check guidelines supplied by the states before crossing borders if carrying fresh fruit.

Image above: Mediterranean Fruit Fly

More Articles

We Also Plant Seeds in the Heads of Gardeners

Join the Yates Garden Community to receive personalised monthly emails, and hear about exclusive promotions and giveaways.

Join Now
Stay Connected Facebook Instagram Youtube