QFF attack and damage a wide range of fruit and vegetables, and is recognised as a serious pest. When fruit is attacked it is inedible.
While the QFF is native to eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, the prevalence of hosts in Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria has expanded the area in which it is found.
QFF activity generally increases in spring as the weather gets warmer, however is not restricted to a particular season.
Fruit fly outbreaks have the potential to limit production for growers and result in reduced income through lost trade opportunities. QFF attack many of the major crops in the region including pome fruit, stone fruit, tomatoes, berry fruits, cherries, citrus and grapes.
A collaborative approach between industry, all levels of government and community is required to effectively manage the pest and reduce its spread. Home gardeners and producers should treat QFF on their property through a range of management methods as you would for any other pest. The successful management of QFF is a community effort.
A wide range of products to control flies and protect fruit from damage are available from nursery, chemical resellers and hardware stores.
It is essential that people take a range of measures such as setting traps and using netting to provide a physical barrier to stop female QFF from reaching fruit and laying its eggs. In addition to this, other key preventative actions include baiting or spraying if appropriate and understanding the importance of good garden hygiene.
See the ‘QFF Prevention’ section under the ‘Education’ tab for more information on how you can reduce the spread of QFF.