The Queensland Fruit Fly is a horticultural pest, which lays eggs in fruit and vegetables.
The damaged fruit and veggies rot inside while the eggs mature into larvae, making the produce inedible and unsaleable.
Fruit fly populations can increase in number quickly, and the damage to fruit can extend into neighbouring properties, or even across the region.
Common fruit hosts for fruit flies include:
• oranges and lemons,
• apples, pears and quince
• peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots,
• tomatoes and eggplants,
• chillies and capsicums,
• persimmons, loquats, figs, and kiwis,
• strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
• prickly pear, pomegranates, and passion fruit
The Yarra Valley has valuable horticultural production properties and great home gardens with edible produce which is worth protecting.