Fruit Fly Campaign

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Fruit Tree Removal
Over the next few weeks local residents can have old fruit tree removed as part of the Fruit Fly Control project at no cost.   Over the summer months Wangaratta Sustainability Network in partnership with Farmers Market have been providing Fruit Fly Traps and other general information to assist back yard gardeners control fruit fly.   Following on from this, the opportunity is now available to have neglected and unwanted fruit trees removed from private properties.  According to Mark Townsend of Wangaratta Sustainability Network, “Feral and neglected fruit trees are a problem as they harbour fruit fly and create a problem for others in the neighbourhood who are keen gardeners and doing the right thing to control fruit fly.  At times these might be large old trees that have grown to a size where they cannot be managed.   Also when a property changes hand or there are new tenants, the existing fruit trees can become a management problem for them.  
Funding to assist fruit fly control locally has come from the Victorian Government and the tree removal will be done by a professional crew.  This removal of unwanted back yard fruit trees has been successfully undertaken in the Moira Shire as part of a strategy to protect the local fruit industry. 
If you have fruit trees that need to be removed, send an email to    or register your details on
For any queries contact Mark Townsend on 0428 138 458

 Fruit Fly Control Plan

Home gardeners are encouraged to become involved

The Farmers Market in partnership with Wangaratta Sustainability Network have received funding to assist in controlling fruit fly.
The types of activities include:
  • Having experts provide information at public forums, look out for them, eg: Wangaratta Show and Nature Day 10th Nov
  • Support is available with free Fruit Fly Traps in participating neighbourhoods of Wangaratta.
  • Facebook Page will be set up so people can report FF activity
  • Remove neglected and unwanted trees (assistance available)
  • Provide printed information via garden nurseries and RCOW
Whole neighbourhoods are encouraged to be involved and extra support can be provided to assist your active neighbourhood. It is difficult for backyard gardeners to control fruit fly alone.
Email : and ask if your neighbourhood can be involved.
For updated information: 

Three links to sites for information:
Department of Environment and Primary Industries                         

This website also lists the fruit fly control products that are available locally in Wangaratta.  
The Natflav 500 product (distributed by Albury Wodonga Fruit Fly Assoc) is available from both specialty plant nurseries in Wangaratta and is the most cost effective method in tackling male and female fruit fly.  It is also important to monitor for male fruit fly.
There is also a product called a Cera Trap that costs around $25 and can be left for 3 months.

Home Made Fruit Fly Traps

Queensland Fruit Fly can be lured and trapped by several means.  Commercial organic products which lure the male fruit flies are useful to determine when they are present, then a spot spray which attracts and kills can be used.   Homemade fruit fly traps can also be effective, unfortunately they may also capture beneficial insects, so it is important not to make the holes too big.  The recipes below are suitable for  2 litre screw top bottles, such as washed milk bottles, with 2  holes a bit smaller than a 5c piece cut near the top.  The bait is then added, the top screwed on and the bottle and hung in the tree.  They will need rinsing and renewing regularly.
Fruit Fly Trap recipes:
  1. 1 Cup water, 2 teaspoons vanilla, half cup cloudy ammonia.  (Hang high away from children or pets).
  2.  Half cup juice, half cup water, 1 teaspoon sugar, half teaspoon yeast.
  3.  Half cup beer, half cup water, 1 teaspoon vegemite, 1 teaspoon sugar.
  4. This is quite an effective bait and better than the one with Ammonia  (safer) if there are children around.  Half cup boiling water, two teaspoons sugar, quarter cup apple cider vinegar, 2 drops washing up liquid, mix and put into plastic bottle with 3 or 4 holes in.  It is suggested to make up several lots and put 3 bottles per tree. In hot weather they dry out, so replace as necessary.  
  •      Exclusion nets are also available and are good for covering tomatoes and capsicums. 

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