Emergency Response

I think I have Queensland Fruit Fly- what do I do now?

Keep QFF out of the compost

Do Not Compost

Queensland Fruit Fly infested fruit (or fruit that has a chance of QFF infestation) should not be put into the compost bin. The environment in the compost bin increases the chance of QFF survival.

Treatment and Disposal is the preferred and correct option for all suspect fruit, even if it’s not QFF. If there is only a chance it is QFF, it is better to be treated and destroyed as if it is QFF.

Act Now: Alert and Report

The Yarra Valley has been QFF free. However, QFF can always enter the region with travellers and fruit movement. Everyone must be ready to act as the QFF risk to producers increases with every QFF detected.

The chance of QFF occurring in the Yarra Valley increases as the QFF population size increases in other areas such as Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs and in places where the Yarra Valley imports fruit from. It can happen to anyone. QFF can turn up on your doorstep.

Queensland Fruit Fly can be detected in the Yarra Valley in the extensive but sparse QFF trapping network currently funded as part of the QFF project grant.

Private and volunteer trapping networks, garden/citizen science traps, and reports of suspect damaged fruit can also raise the alarm to QFF in the Yarra Valley. Early detection and rapid response has so far successfully reduced the risk of QFF establishment in the region, and can continue to do so with community participation and co-operation. Please report any suspect QFF to help the region prevent the spread. You can self check using the ID tools.

QLD Fruit Fly
QFF Treatment and disposal


Queensland Fruit Fly can be treated using extreme temperatures to kill fruit fly eggs and larvae in damaged fruit.

Freezing, boiling and solarising are all ways of treating fruit with QFF.


Fruit infested with QFF must be correctly treated first. Freezing, boiling and solarising are all ways of treating fruit with QFF.

The treated fruit can be disposed of in the RUBBISH BIN.

  • place the sealed bag of treated fruit in the normal rubbish bin for regular collection.


  • Home gardeners are encouraged not to directly compost QFF infested fruit as it increases the chance of QFF survival.
  • ONLY correctly treated waste (boiled, frozen or solarised) that has been double checked to make sure all the larvae are dead, can be placed into the FOGO bins for collection.

For more information on disposal methods can be found in the treatment and disposal page.