Fruit fly prevention

Nectarines, peaches, apricots, avocadoes, guavas, mango and papaya are just some of the fruit that can be affected by fruit fly. With fruit developing during October, now is the time to start baiting for fruit fly. Queensland and Mediterranean female fruit flies make a small hole in fruit and lay their eggs. These eggs hatch into maggots which ruin fruit.

Together with good garden hygiene, which includes removing fallen fruit from the ground and destroying any fruit fly affected fruit, home gardeners can help protect their crops from fruit fly by baiting with Yates® Nature’s Way® Fruit Fly Control. It contains a protein and sugar bait which fruit flies can detect from several metres away and spinosad, an insecticide derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria which kills fruit flies.

Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control should be applied as a band or spot spray onto the trunk or lower foliage of trees or plants while the fruit are still small and before they have changed colour. There is no need to spray the actual fruit. It’s important to re-spray the plants each week (or sooner if there has been rain) to maintain effective protection.

Yates Nature’s Way Fruit Fly Control can also be applied onto a 30 cm square of plywood which is hung at mid-height in the tree canopy. Re-apply the bait onto the plywood every 7 days.

Feed your fruit!

Fruit trees like apples, pears, stonefruit and tropical fruit are using a lot of energy during spring, producing new foliage, flowering and developing fruit. To help promote the best possible growth feed fruit trees with a complete plant food that’s been specially designed for fruiting plants, like Yates Thrive® Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food. It contains more than 50% natural ingredients, boosted with fast-acting fertilisers including nitrogen to encourage healthy leaf growth and extra potassium to promote lots of flowers and fruit.

Scatter the pellets around the root zone, gently tickle into the top soil and then water well.

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