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Managing fruit fly is a complex process and requires long-term sustained and planned activity. To assist industry and increase the general understanding of fruit fly management, the National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) has developed a set of basic primers, tailored for Australia’s major fruit fly affected industries.

The primers provide an overview on fruit fly management techniques and cover key pest species, general life cycle information, monitoring, key sources of infestation, currently available chemical controls, lure and kill techniques, as well as briefly covering other tools and future emerging opportunities for fruit fly control.

The primers provide an opportunity to refresh an understanding of recent changes to the suite of chemical control options available, as well as brushing up on long standing approaches to fruit fly management.

The industries covered include:

  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus
  • Mango
  • Pome fruits
  • Rubus
  • Stone fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Table Grapes

While olives are not specifically covered in the primer set, relevant information can be found in the information for pome fruits, citrus and table grapes (grown in similar regions) and stone fruit. And with growers having experienced issues with transporting olives from fruit fly regions in previous years, it’s important that we all keep up to date with the current situation and management regimes.

You can access all of the primers at the National Fruit Fly Council’s Prevent Fruit Fly website here.