GARDENERS’ complacency in tackling fruit fly could cost them dearly, a campaigner against the fly warned yesterday.
Joy Sloan, a member of the Albury-Wodonga fight the fruit fly campaign, said killing the fly’s first attack was crucial.
She said she had obtained 100 per cent success by netting fruit in her yard.
“Some of our neighbours are not so diligent,” she said. “Some use baits when they see larvae in the fruit, but by then it’s too late.”
Ms Sloan said after an unusually warm and wet winter, Queensland fruit fly had emerged from winter hibernation looking for fruit protein to build up their bodies for breeding.
She said the traditional fruit fly season of August to June had changed.
“It used to be November to March about 10 to 15 years ago,” she said.
“Because of a warm winter, this season might continue until July.”
Ms Sloan said as well as baiting, gardeners should consider netting fruit after the initial fruit set and tomato plants before the fruit had ripened.
“Fruit trees need to be pruned to a manageable height and shape, and the netting placed over all the tree and tied around the trunk,” she said.
The Fight the Fruit Fly Association’s baits can be bought by depositing $10 at Hume Building Society branches and taking the receipt to either the Wod onga or Albury council offices for a baiting kit.
Queensland fruit fly baits are also available at nurseries.