No single action will stop the spread of QFF, instead an integrated management approach is essential.
It is important that both growers and the community monitor QFF populations all year round – not just at harvest time.
Area wide management to reduce populations of fruit flies involves trapping, protein baiting, orchard hygiene, male annihilation technique, cover spraying and scouting.
A regional approach to the management of QFF is imperative and collaboration is paramount in reducing the spread of the pest. The continued monitoring of populations forms part of this regional management strategy and allows for ongoing review of whether control measures and methods are effective. Continued education of residential communities is an important aspect in QFF control, with growers encouraged to play an active role in building community awareness about QFF management in the garden.
The continued monitoring of QFF populations allows for ongoing review of whether control measures and methods are effective. It is recommended that QFF management forms a component of on farm management strategies.