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The Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tryoni) is one of Australia’s worst horticultural pests and has recently been found in Manningham.
The Queensland Fruit Fly feeds on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and left unchecked can cause serious problems for the home gardener and commercial growers. The female fly lays her larvae (eggs) in fruits and vegetables causing them to rot. A list of common fruits identified as fruit fly hosts can be found on the Agriculture Victoria website.
Here are some steps to take to protect your garden from Queensland Fruit Fly:
- Monitor your garden for Queensland Fruit Fly activity
- Prune host plants regularly to a manageable height
- Clean up old fruit and vegetables from around the base of plants. Harvest all ripe fruit and vegetables before they have a chance to fall onto the ground
- If you find affected fruit either boil, microwave or freeze the affected fruit before disposing. Do not put untreated produce in the compost or waste bin as this will facilitate spread
- Let your neighbours know if you have found Queensland Fruit Fly and suggest taking action together
- Think carefully about swapping or sharing produce if there is a risk of spreading this pest
- Fine netting designed for exclusion can be used to cover the entire tree or a bag can be used around individual fruit
- Male and female specific traps are available from good nurseries
- A certified organic fruit fly trap is available and recommended for home gardeners
- You can also make your own fruit fly trap using a recycled plastic container.
Unfortunately we will need to learn to live with Queensland Fruit Fly, but there are things we can do to manage this pest.
More information is available below:
- Agriculture Victoria
- ABC Gardening Australia
- Bulleen Art and Garden
- Edendale Farm
- Sustainable Gardening Australia
Fox and rabbit control grants are offered to residents throughout Manningham. When a neighbourhood group control rabbits in an integrated manner or an individual employs a fox control specialist, each participant is eligible to claim matching funding up to $250.
People concerned with Indian Myna populations in their neighbourhood can receive information on control options by speaking with a Manningham Environmental Officer and by visiting the Yarra Indian Myna Action Group (YIMAG) website.
European wasps can be of particular concern to health and safety when they are disturbed and become aggressive. European wasps can sting multiple times and can cause severe allergic reaction which can be life threatening to some people.
Call an ambulance (000) immediately if:
- A child is stung more than 5 times.
- An adult is stung more than 10 times.
- Anyone is stung in the mouth or throat.
- There is a severe allergic reaction (even if from only 1 sting).
- There is history of allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings.
Residents should remain vigilante if there is an increase in number of wasps around the property and speak with neighbours in an attempt to locate a possible nest. Nests are usually found at ground level in protected locations.
Owners are responsible for the removal of wasp nests on their property and should contact a licensed pest control operator to safely and quickly eradicate the nest.
If a nest is found on Council land or on a neighbouring property, please contact us.
Weeds are plants that invade and thrive in environments in which they do not naturally occur.
Environmental Weeds threaten natural ecosystems, can invade native plant communities and compete with them for space, nutrients and sunlight, resulting in a reduction of plant diversity and loss of habitat for native animals.
The Arthur Rylah Institute Advisory list of environmental weeds in Victoria can provide advice on environmental weeds on your property and throughout Manningham.
By law, landholders are required to control or eradicate noxious weeds, as proclaimed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.
For more information, see the Department of Environment and Primary Industries Invasive Plants - Noxious Weeds list.
Manningham's Land Management Guide and land management officers can help you develop your ongoing weed control plan.
Manningham Council's Weeds Identification brochure (13.61 MB) can help you better identify environmental weeds and explains the various methods of control.
The PPP aims to reduce introduced weeds in Manningham to protect natural assets on both public and private land. This will result in enhanced biodiversity and better habitat values for threatened species such as the Brush-tailed Phascogale, known to breed in the area.
An equally important aim is to engage and educate land owners about the natural values of their properties and provide advice and skills to care for the land.