How to Control Fruit Fly Organically

Easy ways to control queensland fruit fly in your organic garden without the dangerous chemicals

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Comment by Trisha Rogers on April 23, 2013 at 19:55

I continue to use a number of lures around the garden however still found that the fruit fly attacked anything that wasn't covered by nets, including the chillies. All of my fruit trees I covered with nets so for the first time didn't have to contend with the affects of the fruit fly, although sadly I lost all of my plums because of the rain (they all split after the first major downpour in January).

I will continue with the baits during the winter months to try to control the fruit fly and hopefully have a reduced population next year.

Comment by Trinette on January 8, 2013 at 14:18

I thought there must be a way to make something up like that, just never got around to experimenting, thanks, ill try the milk carton job. Cheers.

Comment by warren goodlet on January 7, 2013 at 22:45

G'day trinette, this stuff is meant to kill male & female fruit fly, dak pots only kill male. Wow, sounds like your infestation was as bad as mine. To attack chilli's they must be full-on. I got sick of using tea & sugar in milk cartons,it cannot keep up with them. A handy hint from a friend........cut the bottom off a milk carton, pour the "syrup" in & swish it about  get'n all sides. Hang carton in tree in shade. If it rains the trap won't be affected. The other trap that works well are those yellow sticky pads, tho the downside is some native bees get stuck & die.

Comment by Trinette on January 7, 2013 at 14:26

Hi Warren, Yep its good stuff alright although I have been reading a bit about understanding and controlling the whole cycle of the fly - not just the females... I am still losing some fruit (mostly Chillies), I think due to not being vigilent with applying the solution regularly and after rain etc.  I have just purchased a cera trap which apparently targets males and females, reads well and was recommended by the lady at Mega 10.  Fingers crossed :-)

Comment by warren goodlet on January 6, 2013 at 19:28
G'day trinette,thanks for posting this video. I recently got some of this product because of a severe infestation of fruit fly & i did not know if i was doing the right thing. It works amazingly well!!!! in just 2 weeks 99% were wiped out!!!
Comment by Trinette on January 5, 2013 at 9:01
This is a nice simple explanation of guidelines to help with the pesky lil things. It covers alot of the same info as the fact sheets we got from Trisha a while back but its on a nice quick video.

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