What can I do to help?
Keep the Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Free!!
Don’t bring fruit from areas of Queensland Fruit Fly into the Yarra Valley. Eliminating QFF is really complicated. If Queensland fruit fly gets into the Yarra Valley, you will need to put in place a combination of methods to effectively control the pest. One important component of every control program is sanitation – picking up and destroying fallen fruit to break the fruit fly life cycle and prevent fruit fly numbers increasing. If you are unable or unwilling to control fruit fly, consider removing fruit and vegetable host plants and replacing them with alternative plants such as non-host vegetables and non-fruiting ornamentals• LOOK in your garden and host fruit nearby footpaths, parks, roadsides and talk to your neighbour. Report any suspect fruit to the regional coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or call DEDJTR on 136186
How do I dispose of fruit properly?
- DO NOT put untreated produce in your compost or worm farm as this will aid the Queensland fruit fly life cycle.
- DO NOT dispose untreated produce directly into your rubbish or green bin, as it may cause a new infestation in another area.
Treat unwanted fruit or vegetables using a microwave to kill any maggots. Alternatively, place produce in a plastic bag, seal the bag and either leave it in the sun for 5-7 days or place it in a freezer for two days. The bagged, treated fruit or vegetables can then be discarded in your rubbish bin.
Visit Agriculture Victoria website for more information on disposing of infested produce.
How do I become certified?
The Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production supports commercial fruit producers marketing their fruit into areas sensitive to Queensland Fruit Fly. A fruit fly trapping program operates to prove the area is free of Queensland fruit fly.
For more information on becoming certified or to join the YV PFPP, contact Agribusiness Yarra Valley on email@example.com or visit the Agriculture Victoria website for more information on market access. Local industry members seeking to operate under the PFPP can email firstname.lastname@example.org